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Undergraduate Capstone Project

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College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment


Neglected tropical disease, Schistosomiasis, Snail habitats, Tanzania


Tropical diseases remain a leading cause of death in equatorial countries and regions in 2022. Schistosomiasis, categorized as a Neglected Tropical Disease, is an infectious disease that can cause liver damage, kidney failure, infertility, and bladder cancer and is especially dangerous for children as it can cause anemia, malnutrition, and learning difficulties. The multi-step infection process involves a snail vector and a permanent human host. An increased presence of the snail vector can lead to increases in infections in humans. Using GIS software, it is possible to determine what the optimal snail habitat is for Schistosomiasis carrying snails in Tanzania’s Mwanza region. By combining rainfall, temperature, calcium content, and vegetation data, a working model was created to locate snail habitats.

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Kesiah Mendoza


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Geographic information science