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Awareness of the West Nile Virus on the University of Waterloo Campus

TitleAwareness of the West Nile Virus on the University of Waterloo Campus
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHooykaas, A., J. Lay, and K. Ramsay
Keywordscampus awareness, campus education, University of Waterloo, virus awareness, West Nile Virus
Abstract

The aim of this project was to assess awareness of the West Nile Virus on the University of Waterloo (UW) Campus and to create a knowledge base on Campus accordingly. Research findings were also utilized to make recommendations for Campus education and future research concerning the issue. The research project was exploratory in nature due to the fact that the West Nile Virus is an emerging issue. Therefore, research was conducted under the assumption that the level of awareness on Campus would be low and education would therefore be necessary. Surveys of UW students and staff/faculty were conducted on Campus to assess awareness, and confirm predictions that awareness of the West Nile Virus would be low. Interviews were conducted with a number of experts on the West Nile Virus who provided useful information about the current status of the West Nile Virus, as well as educational material to be distributed around the UW Campus. One of the final product of this study is an information package. The package called, “The West Nile Virus Comprehensive Report” contains information on the history, action taken by various levels of government in Ontario and how other universities are addressing the issue of the West Nile Virus. The original aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of mosquito fogging as a solution to the West Nile Virus, but due to lack of a knowledge base on Campus, this was not possible. Instead, the research focused on assessing and creating a knowledge base… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca