The meteorological conditions affecting the propagation of respiratory diseases

Rosette Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez, University of Texas at El Paso


Valley Fever, also known as Coccidioidomycosis, is endemic of the US Southwest. In 2012 this disease was the second most-reported disease in Arizona, according to the New Yorker January 2014 edition. The Paso Del Norte Region (PdN) is a semi-arid region with significant agricultural acreage and Valley Fever is known to be a threat in this region. It is our goal in this thesis work to apply an existing PBL Height Program (e.g., Liu, to the Paso Del Norte Region (PdN) to study the effect it has in the transmission of Valley Fever. Obtaining the PBLH as it evolves and changes throughout a day will enable us to pursue analysis of the transmission of fungi in the PdN region. Depending on the height at which the fungi are released (e.g. released from the soil on top of a mountain) it is then transported close to PBL heights and may constitute a severe health threat. In addition, an analysis of the meteorological conditions which can have an effect on respiratory diseases in general is presented and a correlation with respiratory diseases is established.

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Rodriguez, Rosette Maria Gonzalez, "The meteorological conditions affecting the propagation of respiratory diseases" (2015). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1591956.