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Title: Human factors in emerging infectious diseases
Authors: Halstead, Scott B.
Issue Date: 1996
Language: English
Abstract: When the underlying causes and mechanisms of emerging infectious disease problems are studied carefully, human behaviour is often involved. Even more often, the only methods of control or prevention available are to change human behaviour. Several major recent emerging disease problems can be cited. It is sometimes emphasized that it is human carelessness, human excesses, human ignorance or human habits of conquest or leisure which contribute directly to the biological niches that microorganisms are all too capable of exploiting. We must look at ourselves as the engines of microbial opportunism. It is not likely that we will ever conquer the microbial world; we must look instead to control the human factors that contribute to emergence
Description: 21-29
Keywords: Fertility
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola
Yellow Fever
Drug Resistance
Lyme Disease
Shock, Septic
Subject: Communicable Diseases
ISSN: 1020-3397
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