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Dengue in the Landscape
A Threat to Public Health
Hannah L. Rusch
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.
|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|
|Type/Method:||Analysis (Issues), Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Interrupted|
|Subject Headings:||Public Health Natural Resource Management Environmental Science Ecology Science (General) Medicine (General)|
|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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