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Spatiotemporal incidence of Zika and associated environmental drivers for the 2015-2016 epidemic in Colombia.

  • Author(s): Siraj, Amir S
  • Rodriguez-Barraquer, Isabel
  • Barker, Christopher M
  • Tejedor-Garavito, Natalia
  • Harding, Dennis
  • Lorton, Christopher
  • Lukacevic, Dejan
  • Oates, Gene
  • Espana, Guido
  • Kraemer, Moritz UG
  • Manore, Carrie
  • Johansson, Michael A
  • Tatem, Andrew J
  • Reiner, Robert C
  • Perkins, T Alex
  • et al.

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Despite a long history of mosquito-borne virus epidemics in the Americas, the impact of the Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic of 2015-2016 was unexpected. The need for scientifically informed decision-making is driving research to understand the emergence and spread of ZIKV. To support that research, we assembled a data set of key covariates for modeling ZIKV transmission dynamics in Colombia, where ZIKV transmission was widespread and the government made incidence data publically available. On a weekly basis between January 1, 2014 and October 1, 2016 at three administrative levels, we collated spatiotemporal Zika incidence data, nine environmental variables, and demographic data into a single downloadable database. These new datasets and those we identified, processed, and assembled at comparable spatial and temporal resolutions will save future researchers considerable time and effort in performing these data processing steps, enabling them to focus instead on extracting epidemiological insights from this important data set. Similar approaches could prove useful for filling data gaps to enable epidemiological analyses of future disease emergence events.

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