Volume 87, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The Box-Jenkins approach was used to fit an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model to the incidence of hemorrhagic fever with renal Syndrome (HFRS) in China during 1986–2009. The ARIMA (0, 1, 1) × (2, 1, 0) models fitted exactly with the number of cases during January 1986–December 2009. The fitted model was then used to predict HFRS incidence during 2010, and the number of cases during January–December 2010 fell within the model's confidence interval for the predicted number of cases in 2010. This finding suggests that the ARIMA model fits the fluctuations in HFRS frequency and it can be used for future forecasting when applied to HFRS prevention and control.


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  • Received : 21 Jul 2011
  • Accepted : 16 Apr 2012
  • Published online : 01 Aug 2012

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