Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response / Edition 1

Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response / Edition 1

by Mark S. Smolinski, Margaret A. Hamburg, Joshua Lederberg, Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century
     
 

Infectious diseases are a global hazard that puts every nation and every person at risk. The recent SARS outbreak is a prime example. Knowing neither geographic nor political borders, often arriving silently and lethally, microbial pathogens constitute a grave threat to the health of humans. Indeed, a majority of countries recently identified the spread of

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Overview

Infectious diseases are a global hazard that puts every nation and every person at risk. The recent SARS outbreak is a prime example. Knowing neither geographic nor political borders, often arriving silently and lethally, microbial pathogens constitute a grave threat to the health of humans. Indeed, a majority of countries recently identified the spread of infectious disease as the greatest global problem they confront. Throughout history, humans have struggled to control both the causes and consequences of infectious diseases and we will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. Following up on a high-profile 1992 report from the Institute of Medicine, Microbial Threats to Health examines the current state of knowledge and policy pertaining to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases from around the globe. It examines the spectrum of microbial threats, factors in disease emergence, and the ultimate capacity of the United States to meet the challenges posed by microbial threats to human health. From the impact of war or technology on disease emergence to the development of enhanced disease surveillance and vaccine strategies, Microbial Threats to Health contains valuable information for researchers, students, health care providers, policymakers, public health officials. and the interested public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309088640
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
08/22/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Acronyms
Executive Summary1
1Introduction19
2Spectrum of Microbial Threats23
3Factors in Emergence53
4Addressing the Threats: Conclusions and Recommendations149
Epilogue227
Glossary231
References241
App. AMicrobial Threats to Health Public Committee Meeting Agendas277
App. BSyndromic Surveillance281
App. CPathogen Discovery, Detection, and Diagnostics313
App. DForum on Emerging Infections Membership and Publications, Board on Global Health331
App. EComputational Modeling and Simulation of Epidemic Infectious Diseases335
App. FCommittee and Staff Biographies343
Index353

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