The Evolution Of Public Health

829 WordsNov 10, 20154 Pages
The future of bacteriology is more important to us now than it has ever been. In this ever-changing world of modern technology and travel, it has become a containing emerging microbial pathogens is more worrisome than primal infectious agents. The history of public health shows us that we 've made great strides in reducing the burdens of infectious diseases from our society and thus chronic non-communicable diseases became our problem. Yet, we continue to see microbes fighting back. This is evident in our foods, waters, nosocomical infections, and bioterrorism, to name a few. Therefore, confronted with all these factors, it is impossible to determine how prepared we are for the next pandemic. Back in the early days of travel, it took months to travel across continents on food, animals, or boats, which means that if one is infected with a communicable disease, by the time it reach the unsuspecting populations, that individual is either dead or is no longer capable of infecting others. However, with modern day travel, it is possible to infect many within hours of days, such as in the SARS pandemic in the 90 's. This put us at a disadvantage, because we have no way of knowing the viral effects of an emerging disease. Another issue on the preparedness for the next pandemic, is the lackadaisical attitude of some individuals in society and the wealth of misinformation shared on social media, etc., by the non-scientific public. Ben Goldacre said it best in 'Bad Science '. "We

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