Analyzing the Relation Between Affluence, Influenza, and Racial Factors in the American South.

Authors: Andrew Richards*, Grand Valley State University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: influenza, health, America, American south
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Influenza is an extremely common disease throughout the United States which is associated with thousands of deaths every year. There are three members of the Orthomyxovirus family that are known as influenza that found in humans, they are influenzas A, B, and C; with A being the most severe genus and the one being explored in this research. Additionally, Influenza A viruses cause of all flu pandemics and is the genus has many subtypes which are hazardous to humans. The disease disseminates very quickly through many paths of transmission, both direct and indirect. Though this disease is easily transmitted, there are factors which may further influence the transmission rates. In this study I primarily looks at two possible factors, race and wealth, at a county level in several diverse states in the American south. In looking at these factors I hoped to find possible similarities rates of influenza between communities of comparable income and diversity rates. Additionally, I will also be exploring when illness rates may differ when looking at population density in relation to these factors. For this study I used annual rates by county and comparing them to available census data.

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