Relationships between flood control and cholera in Matlab, Bangladesh Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Carrel, Margaret A.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography
  • Implementation of flood control strategies has been empirically associated with rises in disease rates in the developing world. This research examines the impact of flood protection measures on cholera incidence among a rural Bangladeshi population. Using longitudinal health and demographic data collected over 21 years, analysis of clustering patterns and statistical relationships between cholera incidence and environmental factors was conducted for timeframes prior to and following the introduction of flood control in Matlab, Bangladesh. Results indicate that alteration of normal flooding patterns both temporally and spatially shifted cholera occurrence within the study area, and that these shifts demonstrate further differentiation when information on cholera strain is included in the analysis. These outcomes suggest that introducing flood protection to rural Bangladesh will have significant but complex effects on cholera incidence patterns.
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  • Emch, Michael
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