Public Health and Infectious Diseases

Edited by

  • Jeffrey Griffiths
  • James Maguire, MD, MPH
  • Kristian Heggenhougen, Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • Stella R. Quah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore


  • Davidson H Hamer, Associate Professor of International Health and Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition

Emerging infectious diseases may be defined as diseases being caused by pathogens only recently recognized to exist. This group of diseases is important globally, and the experience of the last 30 years suggests that new emerging diseases are likely to bedevil us. As the global climate changes, so changes the environment, which can support not only the pathogens, but also their vectors of transmission. This expands the exposure and effects of infectious disease and, therefore, the importance of widespread understanding of the relationship between public health and infectious disease.

This work brings together chapters that explain reasons for the emergence of these infectious diseases. These include the ecological context of human interactions with other humans, with animals that may host human pathogens, and with a changing agricultural and industrial environment, increasing resistance to antimicrobials, the ubiquity of global travel, and international commerce.

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researchers, students, and practitioner working in infectious disease including microbiologists, parasitologists, immunologists, virologists and public health officials


Book information

  • Published: March 2010
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-381506-4

Table of Contents

Part I: Overview and Syndrome Chapters; Bacterial Infections, Childhood infectious diseases, Intestinal infections, Foodborne illnesses, Waterborne diseases, Hepatitis viral, Pneumonia; Part II: Bacteria and Rickettsia, Botulism, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Brucellosis, Escherichia coli, Cholera and other Vibrioses, Shigellosis, Salmonella, Typhoid fever, Helicobacter Pylori, Rickettsia, Streptococcal diseases, Chlamydia (Trachoma &STI), Leprosy, Syphilis; Part III: Parasites, intro to Parasitic diseases, Ectoparasites and Arthropod vectors, Protozoan diseases (various), Helminthes diseases (various); Part IV: Viruses, Arboviruses, Dengue, Dengue Hemorhagic Fever, Herpes Viruses, Measles, Mumps, Poliomyelitis, Rabies, Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Rhinoviruses, Rubella, Yellow Fever