This project sought to explore the distributions and patterns of influenza A in feral swine populations. The massive and rapidly expanding population of wild hogs in the US cause significant damage to ecosystems and crops, but probably most concerning, create a massive resevoir for infectious disease which may infect humans. While human-pig contact is limited, the sheer numbers of infected swine beg the exploration of this data in hopes of understanding how infectious disease spread amongst wild animal populations.
Descriptive analyses were conducted to provide a background and direction for further research.
Optimized Hot Spot tools were used to detect spatial clusters of similar and dissimilar values by year.
Optimized Hot Spot tools were used to detect spatial clusters of similar and dissimilar values by season across all years.
SatScan is a program that analyzes data spatial, temporal, and spatiotemporal clusters based on a number of different statistical distributions, including the Poisson distribution used for this.