Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Teresa Feria-Arroyo
Dr. Megan Keniry
Dr. Tamer Oraby
Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, kills thousands of people annually and is the dominant cause of infectious myocarditis worldwide. Kissing bugs are vectors that carry T. cruzi . and are found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV). There is no vaccination nor cure for Chagas. The best mechanism of prevention is to control vector infestations. Little research is available regarding the level of understanding local communities have about Chagas.
Our goal was to test the knowledge of several communities in the LRGV on Chagas disease. Our hypothesis states that local communities do not have sufficient knowledge and resources concerning Chagas. Surveys were administered throughout the LRGV from January to June and were analyzed. Results confirmed 85% of participants had no knowledge of the disease; moreover, participants that had knowledge were college educated. Educational programs regarding prevention are key to reducing the transmission and spread of Chagas.
Wiejaczka, Adam Dennis, "Survey Assessment of Community Knowledge and Prevention of Chagas Disease and Its Vector in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 398.