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Dengue in the Landscape

A Threat to Public Health



Co Authors:

Hannah L. Rusch
Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
University of Minnesota
rusch051@umn.edu

Jim A. Perry
Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
University of Minnesota
Jperry@umn.edu

Abstract:

This interrupted case engages students in issues contributing to the increase of dengue fever in Jamaica. The overall goal of the case is to make clear the connections between land use management and public health, specifically dengue fever. Students learn about the effects of land use management on the breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and its implications for public health as well as about the spread, extent, and form of the disease. In addition, students are challenged to think of solutions to public health problems given limited resources (in terms of personnel and money). The case was created for an introductory course in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology. It may also be appropriate for introductory biology and ecology courses. A PowerPoint presentation to supplement the case is also available.

Objectives:
  • Analyze a local issue from an integrated perspective.
  • Understand that environmental conditions can have immediate consequences for human health.
  • Examine ways in which local land use management and global trends impact public health.
  • Formulate action plans to mitigate these effects.
Keywords: Dengue fever; landscape management; land use; water quality; mosquito vector; Aedes aegypti; urbanization, climate change; environmental decision-making; developing world; Jamaica
Topical Area: Ethics, Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Science and the media, Social issues, Social justice issues
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Formats: PDF, PowerPoint
Type/Method: Analysis (Issues), Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Public Health   Natural Resource Management   Environmental Science   Ecology   Science (General)   Medicine (General)  
Date Posted: 8/1/2011
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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Supplemental Materials


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Thanks for this, we also have a lot of dengue in Jakarta so it is rather relevant. I wonder if we could add some detail for a collaboration?


Liam
Science
Global Jaya International School
Tangerang 15224 Indonesia
Liam@globaljaya.com
8/29/2011



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