Source Detection in an Outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease

  • Miguel A. Martínez-Beneito
  • Juan J. Abellán
  • Antonio López-Quílez
  • Hermelinda Vanaclocha
  • Óscar Zurriaga
  • Guillermo Jorques
  • José Fenollar
Part of the Lecture Notes in Statistics book series (LNS, volume 185)


Spatial statistics have broadly been applied, developed and demanded from the field of epidemiology. The point process theory is an appropriate framework to analyse the spatial variation of risk of disease from information at individual level.

We illustrate an application of point pattern tools to study a few legionnaire’s disease outbreaks. Specifically, these techniques are applied to explore the geographical distribution of cases resulting from three legionnaire’s disease outbreaks that occurred successively in Alcoi, a city placed in the East of Spain.

Key words

Epidemiology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks Spatial point processes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel A. Martínez-Beneito
    • 1
  • Juan J. Abellán
    • 2
  • Antonio López-Quílez
    • 3
  • Hermelinda Vanaclocha
    • 1
  • Óscar Zurriaga
    • 1
  • Guillermo Jorques
    • 4
  • José Fenollar
    • 4
  1. 1.Dirección General de Salud PúblicaGeneralitat ValencianaSpain
  2. 2.Small Area Health Statistics UnitImperial College of LondonUK
  3. 3.Departament d’Estadística i Investigació OperativaUniversitat de ValènciaSpain
  4. 4.Centro de Salud Pública de AlcoiGeneralitat ValencianaSpain

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