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WEATHER, WATER, AND INFECTIOUS GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESS IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN NUNATSIAVUT, CANADA

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dc.contributor.advisor McEwen, Scott
dc.contributor.advisor Edge, Victoria, L
dc.contributor.author Harper, Sherilee Lynn
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-21T14:29:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-21T14:29:30Z
dc.date.copyright 2009-09
dc.date.created 2009-09-08
dc.date.issued 2009-09-21T14:29:30Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2023
dc.description.abstract Climate change is expected to cause changes in precipitation and runoff patterns, likely increasing the risk of waterborne infectious disease in some areas. In this context, the research objectives were to describe links between weather, water quality, and infectious gastrointestinal illnesses (IGI) in Nunatsiavut, Canada, which necessarily involved evaluating the quality and usefulness of data captured by the local health registry system. For this evaluation, IGI was used as a reference syndrome. Community-based meteorological stations captured weather data; trained local personnel conducted water quality testing. Clinic records provided IGI-related data (2005-2008). This study is the first to systematically gather and describe baseline empirical data on weather, water quality, and health in Nunatsiavut. It showed the necessity of improving Inuit health data quality and monitoring environmental health variables consistently and systematically across all Arctic regions. These data are critical to inform adaptation strategies for managing impacts of climate change on health. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Inuit en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject epidemiology en_US
dc.subject waterborne disease en_US
dc.subject Aboriginal health en_US
dc.title WEATHER, WATER, AND INFECTIOUS GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESS IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN NUNATSIAVUT, CANADA en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Population Medicine en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Population Medicine en_US
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