Tropical Disease Emergence in a Cold-Temperate Landscape: Climate and West Nile Virus in the Northern Great Plains
Dr. Michael C. Wimberly
Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence
South Dakota State University
Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 2pm
FL-2, Room 1003
Despite its cold temperate climate and relatively low human population density, the Northern Great Plains has become a persistent hot spot for human West Nile virus (WNV) disease following the emergence of the virus in North America. This talk will highlight the results of recent studies that have documented climatic and land cover effects on the abundance of vector mosquitoes in the Northern Great Plains, mapped the landscape patterns of human WNV risk based on land cover and physiography for major cities in South Dakota, and explored the climatic factors influencing geographic patterns of interannual variability in human WNV cases at regional to national levels. In light of these findings, the prospects for developing tools for West Nile virus forecasting and risk mapping will be discussed and a conceptual framework for integrating epidemiological surveillance and environmental monitoring will be outlined.
*The talk will not be webcast, but Dr. Wimberly is willing to share a pdf of his slides after the talk. Please email email@example.com if you're interested.