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dc.contributor.advisorButler, David R.
dc.contributor.authorPatolo, Najeda L. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-27T17:14:45Z
dc.date.available2012-06-27T17:14:45Z
dc.date.issued2012-06-27
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4198
dc.description.abstractThe geographic origin of infection involving morbidity cases resulting from Vibrio vulnificus is difficult to determine. V. vulnificus is a halophilic pathogen that exists year-round in the Texas Gulf Coast and requires moderate salinity (5-25 ppt) and water temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius to thrive and reproduce. From 1999-2003, the majority of reported culture-confirmed infections in Texas occurred in Harris, Matagorda, and Galveston counties. These data are recorded by the Texas Department of Health. By analyzing above-normal precipitation (high-magnitude) events in the separate counties and corresponding changes in salinity and temperature in large bay systems, temporal and spatial risk of infection may be inferred. Precipitation data for the study period from the National Climatic Data Center is compared with NOAA long-term precipitation data for rain gauges in Matagorda and Galveston counties in coastal Texas. Water quality data for the period of study is collected and catalogued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife department. Using a Kendall’s Tau-b correlation analysis, statistical relationships between water temperature (C°), salinity (0/00), and above normal precipitation events may be determined. The relationship between the occurrence of Vibrio vulnificus morbidity cases and above normal precipitation events is tested tested using a Phi test to determine correlation. The results of this study indicate that salinity levels in both bay systems are correlated with above normal precipitation events at the .05 alpha level, but water temperature is not directly correlated with these events in either system. Vibrio vulnificus morbidity cases reported in either bay system do not appear to be related to above normal precipitation events.
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dc.format.extent101 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectMedical
dc.subjectGeography
dc.subjectVibrio, Texas
dc.subjectClimate
dc.subjectWeather
dc.subjectPrecipitation
dc.subjectCoastal
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subject.lcshMedical geographyen_US
dc.subject.lcshVibrio vulnificusen_US
dc.subject.lcshRainfall anomaliesen_US
dc.titleThe Effect of High-Magnitude Precipitation Events on Vibrio Vulnificus Morbidity Cases in Estuarine Environments
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberDixon, Richard W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHuebner, Donald J.
thesis.degree.departmentGeography
thesis.degree.disciplineGeography
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentGeography


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