RETROSPECTIVE GIS ANALYSIS OF BLUETONGUE OUTBREAKS IN ROMANIAN CATTLE, BETWEEN 2014 AND 2015

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXIII, Issue 2
Written by Dragos COBZARIU, Stefan Iulian PICIORUS, Maria-Rodica GURAU, Doina DANES

Bluetongue is an insect-borne viral disease of ruminants produced by an Orbivirus. The first case of bluetongue in Romania was recorded on August the 23rd, 2014 in the South-Eastern county of Buzau, and in the coming years hundreds of new cases were documented. The purpose of the paper was the application of GIS methodologies to create a retrospective analysis of bluetongue outbreaks in Romanian cattle between 2014 and 2015. The GIS analysis used a tool for registering epidemiological data that was developed in Microsoft Office Excel 2013 with add-in Power Map. Addresses of individual animal cases were registered, and GPS coordinates were determined automatically by Power Map application for each village of interest. The same application generated GIS maps of bluetongue outbreaks. As a conclusion, results obtained using interactive GIS maps showed a relative improvement in the perception and understanding of the overall situation of Bluetongue throughout the country.

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COBZARIU D., PICIORUS S.I., GURAU M.R., DANES D. 2017, RETROSPECTIVE GIS ANALYSIS OF BLUETONGUE OUTBREAKS IN ROMANIAN CATTLE, BETWEEN 2014 AND 2015. Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXIII, Issue 2, ISSN 2065-1295, 45-48.


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