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Datasets for mapping pastoralist movement patterns and risk zones of Rift Valley fever occurrence

Mosomtai, Gladys; Evander, Magnus; Mundia, Charles; Sandstrom, Per; Ahlm, Clas; Hassan, Osama Ahmed; Lwande, Olivia Wesula; Gachari, Moses K.; Landmann, Tobias; Sang, Rosemary


Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic disease affecting humans and animals. It is caused by RVF virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. The data presented in this article propose environmental layers suitable for mapping RVF vector habitat zones and livestock migratory routes. Using species distribution modelling, we used RVF vector occurrence data sampled along livestock migratory routes to identify suitable vector habitats within the study region which is located in the central and the north-eastern part of Kenya. Eleven herds monitored with GPS collars were used to estimate cattle utilization distribution patterns. We used kernel density estimator to produce utilization contours where the 0.5 percentile represents core grazing areas and the 0.99 percentile represents the entire home range. The home ranges were overlaid on the vector suitability map to identify risks zones for possible RVF exposure. Assimilating high spatial and temporal livestock movement and vector distribution datasets generates new knowledge in understanding RVF epidemiology and generates spatially explicit risk maps. The results can be used to guide vector control and vaccination strategies for better disease control. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.


Home range estimation; Vector distribution; Rift Valley fever

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Data in Brief
2018, Volume: 16, pages: 762-770

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