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Swine Flu Research

ProjectNovel:

Novel A H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) Spatial Analysis

Team:

Dr. Jeff Wilson, UTB Dept. of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Joe McCormick, UTHSC School of Public Health – Brownsville
Dr. Sue Fisher-Hoch, UTHSC School of Public Health – Brownsville
Dr. Belinda Resigner, UTHSC School of Public Health Brownsville

Description:

This project is focused on spatial analysis of the nature and spread of influenza-like-illness during the Spring 2009 Novel A H1N1 influenza (swine flu) pandemic outbreak.
The lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas experienced one of the higher rates of infection in the United States during the pandemic and also was the region associated with the first two US deaths attributed to the swine flu.
The analysis undertaken by Dr. Wilson, in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health will be focused on understanding the demographic factors underlying the spread of the virus. It is possible that the proximity of the Valley to Mexico, combined with high rates and frequency of US-Mexico border crossings among the population, may be factors that led to the severity of the problem in the LRGV. Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this project will seek to understand some of the underlying causes of the outbreak. In addition, the project aims to develop models that can be applied towards preventive efforts during future outbreaks.

Associated Funding and Publications:

A funding application for this project is under review.

Contact:

Dr. Jeff Wilson

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