Risk zoning of Aedes Albopictus considering environmental factors in Iran

Authors: Reza Shirzad, Department of Geo-spatial Information System (GIS), K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Aliasghar Alesheikh, Professor at the Department of Geo-spatial Information System (GIS), K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Mohsen Ahmadkhani*, University of Minnesota
Topics: Biogeography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: Aedes Albopictus, Risk map, AHP, Geographical information systems, Iran
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Aedes albopictus is the second only to Ae. aegypti in significance to human as a vector of arboviruses like Zika, chikungunya, dirofilariasis, and dengue fever. Nearly 2 billion inhabitants of tropical and subtropical regions are at risk of the vector. Due to its propensity for breeding in a proliferation of habitats within urban and suburban areas as well as rural zones, it is spreading quickly where suitable circumstances are available for life and breeding. Iran as a country with a diversity of vegetation cover, elevations, and other climatic attributes, plus to the significance of the population has been vulnerable to the prevalence of the species. Hence, the major aim of this study is to monitor the risk zoning of the mosquito's presence considering the environmental identifications in Iran. The analyses performed in this research contain three major parts including classification, expert-based decision making using analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and risk map generation (grouping analysis). The northern parts of the country mostly the cities of Guilan province followed by the cities in the border with the Persian Gulf were identified as the riskiest area of the mosquito's residence. These findings can help the hygiene policymakers to manage and control the prevention plans of spatial colonization and invasion of Aedes Albopictus.

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