Title page for ETD etd-06132007-063452

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mujica, Frances Heyward Currin
Author's Email Address fcurri1@lsu.edu
URN etd-06132007-063452
Title Chagas in Culture and Place: A Mixed Methods Approach to a New Medical Geography of Chagas Disease in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Geography & Anthropology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Andrew Curtis Committee Chair
Helen Regis Committee Member
Michael Leitner Committee Member
Miles Richardson Committee Member
Carol Foil Dean's Representative
  • medical geography
  • mexico
  • los tuxtlas
Date of Defense 2007-05-03
Availability unrestricted
This project is concerned with a new medical geography approach to investigating Chagas disease in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico which focuses on the intersection of disease risk and place. More specifically this work will describe the domestic cycle of Chagas disease and the cultural factors that perpetuate its transmission in six communities in the Los Tuxtlas region, Municipio San Andres, Veracruz State, Mexico. Using several collection techniques, such as interviews and house type surveys, as well as identifying and collecting the vector Triatoma dimidiata (including testing them for the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi), this dissertation describes the characteristics of the Chagas landscape in this region. During a five month field season, 58 Triatoma dimidiata were collected from the domestic habitat. In addition, nearly 400 interviews were conducted with project participants lending to the conclusions that although the Chagas disease landscape is present in this region, it is not a well known disease among local residents.
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