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ArcGIS Exercise: Dengue Fever & West Nile Virus Monitoring & Mitigation


Approximately 45 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Dengue Fever and West Nile Virus Monitoring and Mitigation" is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to apply ArcGIS geographic information system tools to monitor and map the spatial distribution of dengue fever and West Nile virus cases, map disease vector habitat ranges, and identify and map potential mosquito breeding areas in an effort to mitigate the effects of a dual Dengue Fever / West Nile virus outbreak. It is an exercise in tutorial format, with step-by-step instructions utilizing data for the island of O`ahu.

The exercise requires access to ArcGIS ArcView version 9.1, 9.2, or later. Evaluation copies of the software are available at the following URL:

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Prevent: Information Sharing and Dissemination
  4. Protect: Epidemiologic Surveillance and Investigation
  5. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  6. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  7. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize GIS tools to display XY locations from tabular data sources
  2. Use GIS query tools to distinguish and map disease types based on table attributes
  3. Apply GIS proximity tools to map habitat ranges around disease vector source locations
  4. Combine GIS overlay selection operations and proximity tools to identify and map potential disease vector breeding areas

Target Audiences:

Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.