Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Holly Levine


Zika Virus has become prevalent in the public eye due to several epidemics in the Americas in the past 5 years with recent expansion to the United States in 2016. Zika Virus is a type of flavivirus which is carried by the Aedes aegypti (Ae.Aegypti) mosquito, which is found in close association with humans and the primary vector of Zika in Central America. Zika Virus presents a challenge to public health as there are serious complications of congenital defects. Unfortunately, however, there currently is no specific treatment available, which turns the focus to prevention. The emphasis on prevention and control of Aedes Aegypti has driven the exploration of mechanical, chemical, biological, and community mobilization strategies. Future studies should measure the rate of infection with Zika Virus and other diseases transmitted by Ae.Aegypti as a measure of effectiveness of an intervention, as this may have more impact in implementing change in vector control procedures.