A Global Challenge: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Be Part of the Solution
Now that you know a little bit about the issues surrounding infectious diseases, we are asking you to be part of the solution.
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- Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a significant burden on global economies and public health. Their emergence is thought to be driven largely by socio-economic, environmental and ecological factors, but no comparative study has explicitly analyzed these linkages to understand global temporal and spatial patterns of EIDs.
- Most emerging infectious diseases (60.3 percent) are zoonoses, or animal diseases that can be transmitted to people.
- Emerging diseases can be new infections that arise from changes in existing organisms or known infections that spread to new geographic areas or populations. They can be previously unrecognized infections that appear when, for example, tropical forests are cleared to make way for new roads, displacing disease-carrying animals and insects. And old infections can re-emerge because of anti-microbial resistance or breakdowns in public health measures.
- Emergent infection is recognized as a global threat. At least 17 million die annually from infectious diseases.
- In the global human population, the emergence of 335 infectious diseases between 1940 and 2004 has been reported.
Emerging infectious diseases are a critical component of the world's health. With globalization and climate change, the world will be facing drastic changes that will likely cause new diseases.
The study of emerging infectious disease requires scientists willing to cross the various disciplines health sciences, medicine, and veterinary sciences. Doing so will ensure that we can prevent significant global threats such as rising epidemics. We need leaders willing to address this issue. Are you in?
A public health education at Saint Louis University is a good place to start.
What we are doing
One of our faculty members gets a closer look at a disease that has been emerging in the Congo.
The community at the College for Public Health & Social Justice is committed to addressing disparities wherever they are found and to developing innovative ways to make life better for others. Education at SLU is not limited by classroom walls or campus boundaries. SLU students expand their knowledge by engaging the local community, this fulfilling SLU's Jesuit mission of being men and women for and with others.
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Now that you have learned about emerging infectious diseases, explore our degree programs to learn more about the educational opportunities that we offer that will allow you to help combat these issues.