Graduation Semester and Year

2018

Language

English

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mathematics

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Christopher Kribs

Abstract

Chagas disease is the world's most neglected tropical disease. Having a lack of cure makes the primary focus on the disease preventing it and controlling it. This study takes into account three different control measures: bed nets, low-volume insecticide spraying, and improving housing conditions, analyzes their cost effectiveness compared to each other, and determines which combination of the three control measures prevents the most T. cruzi infections in a rural Latin American village over a decade. It was shown that there is a a hierarchical importance in the control measures when preventing the spread of Chagas disease. In order of highest effectiveness, they are bed nets, low-volume insecticide spraying, and improving overall housing conditions. It was found that the most cost-effective scenario occurs when full coverage for bed nets and low-volume insecticide spraying is obtained, followed by devoting the remaining portion of the budget towards improving overall housing conditions. It was shown that if at least 36.30 USD per month is devoted to bed nets, then R₀ < 1.

Keywords

Chagas disease, Control measures

Disciplines

Mathematics | Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Comments

Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

Included in

Mathematics Commons

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