Advisor: P. Rabinowitz
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.