Taha B M J Ouarda

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BACKGROUND In 2002, major human epidemics of West Nile Virus (WNV) were reported in five cities in the North East region of North America. The present analysis examines the climatic conditions that were conducive to the WNV epidemic, in order to provide information to public health managers who eventually must decide on the implementation of a preventive(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have suggested an association between climate variables and circulatory diseases. The short-term effect of climate conditions on the incidence of ischemic heart disease (IHD) over the 1989-2006 period was examined for Quebec's 18 health regions. METHODS Analyses were carried out for two age groups. A GAM statistical model, that blends(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined whether the number of emergency department visits for "mental and psychosocial problems" varies with temperature or humidity. METHODS The number of visits in three geographic areas of Québec were examined as a function of temperature and humidity by using routinely collected May-September data for 1995-2007 (N=347,552(More)
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