The Social Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Edited by

  • Kenneth Mayer, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
  • H.F. Pizer, Health Care Strategies, Inc., Cambridge, MA, USA

Social Ecology of Infectious Diseases explores how human activities enable microbes to disseminate and evolve, thereby creating favorable conditions for the diverse manifestations of communicable diseases. Today, infectious and parasitic diseases cause about one-third of deaths and are the second leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The speed that changes in human behavior can produce epidemics is well illustrated by AIDS, but this is only one of numerous microbial threats whose severity and spread are determined by human behaviors. In this book, forty experts in the fields of infectious diseases, the life sciences and public health explore how demography, geography, migration, travel, environmental change, natural disaster, sexual behavior, drug use, food production and distribution, medical technology, training and preparedness, as well as governance, human conflict and social dislocation influence current and likely future epidemics.
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Public Health faculty & students; Physicians and educators in infectious diseases, pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine and first responders, genitourinary medicine (STDs)


Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370466-5

Table of Contents

Travel Changing Sexual Mores and Disease TransmissionThe International Drug EpidemicUrbanization and the Social Ecology of Emerging Infectious DiseasesSuburbanization In Developed NationsThe Social Ecology of Infectious Disease Transmission in Day Care CentersProtecting Blood SafetyFood Safety in the Industrialized WorldAntibiotic Resistance and Nosocomial InfectionsVaccines and ImmunizationInfectious Diseases in the Context of War, Civil Strife and Social DislocationBioterrorismInfectious Diseases Associated with Natural Disasters (working title)Climate Change And Infectious DiseasesGovernance, Human Rights and Infectious Disease: Theoretical, Empirical and Practical PerspectivesInternational Organizational Response to Infectious Disease EpidemicsPrinciples of Building the Global Health Workforce