Spatial Analysis of an Anthrax Outbreak in Saskatchewan, 2006

The Canadian Veterinary Journal, Volume 51, July 2010

Tasha Epp; Connie Argue; Cheryl Waldner; Olaf Berke

“An outbreak of anthrax in Saskatchewan in 2006 affected more than 800 animals at 150 locations. The purpose of this study was to assess the spatial and temporal patterns among the cases to determine if there were any significant trends associated with this outbreak. Case and population data were first analyzed for each individual farm location and then again as aggregate data per rural municipality using spatial and spatiotemporal statistical methods such as Oden’s Ipop, Cuzick-Edwards’ test, spatial scan test, and other mapping techniques. East central Saskatchewan was identified as a primary high risk area, particularly during July 2006. The results of the study led to the conclusion that within this high-risk region, flooding in spring followed by hot and dry conditions could have been a factor in the development of the outbreak.”