GIS based spatial pattern analysis: Children with Hepatitis A in Turkey

Dogru A. Ö. , Davıd R. M. , Ulugtekın N. N. , Goksel C. , Şeker D. Z. , Sözen S.

Environmental Research, vol.156, pp.349-357, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 156
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.04.001
  • Title of Journal : Environmental Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.349-357
  • Keywords: Hepatitis A Virus (HAV), Epidemiology, Geostatistics, GIS, Spatial pattern analysis, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION-SYSTEM, ASSOCIATION


This study aimed to provide an insight into the geographic distribution of Hepatitis A incidence considering their temporal distribution, spatial patterns, hot spots and clusters identification in three different age-group (0-4, 5-9 and 10-14) in Turkey. Province based tabular data, including monthly numbers of Hepatitis A cases in children, and the populations from 2001 to 2011 were used as the basic input of the study. Time series maps were created using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to introduce the temporal changes in the morbidity rates of Hepatitis A. The spatial variation of Hepatitis A was measured using Moran's I at the global level and the local indicators of spatial associations (LISAs) Moran's I and Getis-Ord G(i) *(d) in order to identify influential locations through clusters and hot spots detection of Hepatitis A cases.