Date of Award
Croft Institute for International Studies
Kate McGurn Centellas
This thesis was conducted to study the effects of misinformation and medical mistrust on the public health field. I use the events of the Chapare Virus outbreak in Bolivia in the summer of 2019 and the public dialogue during that time period to discuss these themes. I used data from market survey's in La Paz, newspaper articles from Página Siete, and Tweets from the time period of the outbreak. My findings suggest that misinformation and medical mistrust affected public health measures, which has major implications for the way the public health field should address future public health events.
Boyd, William, "How Misinformation and Mistrust Compound the Threat of Epidemics" (2020). Honors Theses. 1448.
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