Investigator:

Rafael Lefkowitz

Advisor: P. Rabinowitz

Description:

Rift valley fever is an important occupational disease of increasing importance in South Africa.  It is usually present in animals.  The human disease is related to human-animal interactions, specifically handling domestic livestock.  As part of my thesis investigating the increasing incidence of this illness in humans, I will be investigating the relationship between the human population (density, location), land-use/landcover, and disease incidence.  This will help characterize risk factors for rift valley fever, and hopefully guide interventions to curb this preventable illness.