Publication Date

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Committee Members

Nancy J. Bigley, Ph.D. (Advisor); Dawn P. Wooley, Ph.D. (Committee Member); Marjorie M. Markopoulos, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

The prevalence of communicable diseases continues to be one of the continent's leading causes of deaths. Cholera is a waterborne disease triggered by toxigenic strains of the Gram-negative bacteria Vibrio Cholerae O1 strain and less common O139 strain. with symptoms such as severe acute watery diarrhea and vomiting leading to dehydration, progressing to hypovolemic shock and death if not treated timely due to its short incubation period (Pasetto et al., 2018). West African countries are largely portrayed as endemic to cholera, though the dynamics of outbreaks in these developing countries remain largely uncertain. The purpose of the study is to help curb the spread of cholera in Ghana. The Information on the research was collected from the ten major regions in Ghana. This is focused on outbreaks in 1998 through 2013. The study affirms that urbanization and overcrowding resulting in insanitary conditions coupled with heavy rainfall and potable water shortage is a predictor of cholera outbreak in Ghana between 1998 to 2016. Cholera epidermic emerging and re-emerging virulence is a global concern; therefore, factors and preventive measures must to incorporated to prevent the spread of cholera disease.

Page Count

37

Year Degree Awarded

2020


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