We thank Dr. Bi Peng (University of Adelaide) and Miss Li Tian (Lund University) for valuable comments and suggestions, the Chinese Bureau of Meteorology for providing climate data, and the Heilongjiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention for providing hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome data. Chang-Ping Li, Ricardo J. Soares Magalhaes, Ma Jun, and Wen-Yi Zhang were involved in the conceptualization, research design, execution and writing of the manuscript. Chang-Ping Li, Jun Ma, Feng-Jiang Wei, Zhuang Cui, Hai-Long Sun, and Cheng-Yi Li contributed to database design and data analysis, Bao-Long Wang, Cui Zhang, Shen-Long Li, and Liu-Yu Huang provided advice on the design of the study and the analysis and interpretation of the results. All authors were involved in the preparation of the manuscript.
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