Abstract

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth and they spread diseases through their bites. Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika are six diseases of concern that are transmitted by mosquitoes. This honors thesis will attempt to provide relevant information and a critical analysis of current literature. Disease descriptions of the aforementioned illnesses and country evaluations for Niger, South Sudan, and the United States of America are included for comparison and evaluation. A Geographic Information System was used to create several maps comparing the three regions of the earth specified. The models are used to show country data in a visual way that is instantly intuitive to understand. Combining literature reviews, world data, and maps of mosquito-borne diseases and regional world-standings, this thesis indicates macro- and micro- level risk factors that influence the rate of disease spread, morbidity and& mortality rates, and incidence and prevalence of the viral and parasitic infections found around the world. Education and infrastructure were two upstream risk factors indicative of endemic areas of mosquito-borne diseases. Figures and tables have been included to condense information and provide easy analysis and comparison of preventative measures or country information.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 12-9-2019

Mentor

Julie Ann Lasslo

Department/Professional Affiliation

Health Promotion and Administration

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level

Bachelor's

Department

Environmental Health Science

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