ME Region Summary

The Medical Entomology (ME) Region Summary report (previously the MBDC Region Summary) shows a summary of a particular organism, by the ME regions, for a particular organism for a particular financial year (mosquito Season).

The ME Region Summary can be selected from the Reports menu and then click on ME Region Summary.

Gaia - ME Region Summary - menus

The ME Region Summary menu

This report is a relatively simple one; it summarises the human disease notifications across particular years and organisms and presents the results in a table.  There are two filters at the top of the page including:

  • Financial Year (choose a year of interest including the current year; and
  • Organism – select a disease of interest (currently the list includes Ross River Virus; Barmah Forest Virus; Murray Valley encephalitis Virus and Kunjin Virus diseases).

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The ME Region Summary filters

Once the filters have been selected, a table of results will be created under the filters listing the Medical Entomology Regions from North to South of the State.

ME region Summary Results table

Table of results for human disease notifications for the filters selected

Results are displayed on a monthly basis, indicating the number of human cases of the chosen organism for each Region.  After the 12 month columns is a Total column that counts the number of cases for each region over the period selected (the Total will change each month during the current year as human cases are compiled and diagnosed).

In addition, two rates of infection have been included for each region.  These include:

  • Crude rate – calculated by dividing the total number of cases by the total number of people in the population for a given time period and area.
  • Age Standard Rate – adjusts the crude rate against a standard population to eliminate the effect of differences in population age structures when comparing rates between different periods of time, different geographic areas or different population sub-groups.

ME region Summary Results table - rates

The Crude Rate and Age Standardised Rate columns on the Region Summary Table

There is also a blue Download XLSX function at the top right of the table of results.  This will download the data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to allow users to draw graphs and conduct statistical analyses.

ME region Summary Results table - Download XLSX

The Download XLSX function

ME region Summary Results table - XLSX table

The downloaded data in Microsoft Excel

Note: There are some important disclaimers at the bottom of this summary report, and these are reproduced below.  If you download the data, please ensure that these disclaimers accompany any reproduction of the data.

  1. Data current as at <date included here> – table may vary from previous or future versions due to inclusion of additional enhanced surveillance data
  2. Source of data: Western Australian Notifiable Infectious Diseases Database (comprising Doctor’s notifications to Public Health Units & Communicable Disease Control Directorate; Laboratory reports to Communicable Disease Control Directorate from participating pathology laboratories); Enhanced Surveillance Data (comprising case follow-ups from Environmental Health Officers; patient interviews; Doctor’s comments on notification forms)
  3. Month of onset and suburb/town of exposure determined from Enhanced Surveillance Data where available, and from Doctor’s notifications or laboratory reports where not available
  4. Data varies from official Western Australian Notifiable Infectious Diseases Database records due to inclusion of Enhanced Surveillance Data
  5. Where it is not clearly defined if a case occurred in a particular suburb or a local Government (e.g. Mandurah suburb or the City of Mandurah the case has been entered as a “local government case – unknown suburb” – (e.g. City of Mandurah unknown)
  6. Where a place of exposure occurs in a suburb that carries over 2 Local Governments and it is not clearly defined which local government it occurred in, the case has been entered in the Local Government where the largest portion of the suburb occurs
  7. This information is the intellectual property of the Medical Entomology Branch of the WA Department of Health and may not be used for any purpose without prior permission.