Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Kate McGurn Centellas

Second Advisor

Sarah Moses

Third Advisor

Oliver Dinius

Relational Format



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.

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