Volume 1, Number 2—April 1995
Travel and the Emergence of Infectious Diseases
|Emergence of infectious diseases is complex.|
|Infectious diseases are dynamic.|
|Most new infections are not caused by genuinely new pathogens.|
|Agents involved in new and reemergent infections cross taxonomic lines to include viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and helminths.|
|The concept of the microbe as the cause of disease is inadequate and incomplete.|
|Human activities are the most potent factors driving disease emergence.|
|Social, economic, political, climatic, technologic, and environmental factors shape disease patterns and influence emergence.|
|Understanding and responding to disease emergence require a global perspective, conceptually and geographically.|
|The current global situation favors disease emergence.|
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