West Nile Virus is an emerging infectious disease in the Western Hemisphere. Since it was first identified in New York in 1999, the virus has infected thousands of people and millions of birds. A multitude of studies pertaining to West Nile Virus have been published, but its epidemiology is still not fully understood despite its considerable burden of disease. This study explores the association between land cover and West Nile Virus prevalence among birds within urban spaces in three steps. One, a land cover survey for three geographically distinct study areas located within Orange County, California is performed using i-Tree Canopy. Two, data attributes belonging to land cover and West Nile Virus bird surveillance, provided by the Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD), are combined through a spatial join using ArcGIS. Lastly, rate of infection and positive West Nile Virus bird carcass prevalence within each study area and land cover type is ranked and compared using one sample proportion Z-test method.
|Advisor:||Rodrigue, Christine M.|
|Commitee:||Ban, Hyowon, Kolivras, Korine, Zahn, Matthew|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Disease ecology, Emerging infectious disease, Medical geography, Orange County, West Nile Virus, Z-test|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be