Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda

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Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda. / Stensgaard, Anna-Sofie; Jørgensen, Aslak; Kabatereine, N B; Rahbek, Carsten; Kristensen, Thomas K.

In: Geospatial Health, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2006, p. 93-104.

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Stensgaard, A-S, Jørgensen, A, Kabatereine, NB, Rahbek, C & Kristensen, TK 2006, 'Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda', Geospatial Health, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 93-104. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2006.284

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Stensgaard, A-S., Jørgensen, A., Kabatereine, N. B., Rahbek, C., & Kristensen, T. K. (2006). Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda. Geospatial Health, 1(1), 93-104. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2006.284

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Stensgaard A-S, Jørgensen A, Kabatereine NB, Rahbek C, Kristensen TK. Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda. Geospatial Health. 2006;1(1):93-104. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2006.284

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Stensgaard, Anna-Sofie ; Jørgensen, Aslak ; Kabatereine, N B ; Rahbek, Carsten ; Kristensen, Thomas K. / Modeling freshwater snail habitat suitability and areas of potential snail-borne disease transmission in Uganda. In: Geospatial Health. 2006 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 93-104.

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