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The Battle with Infectious Diseases: Staying One Step Ahead of Microbes

Infectious microbes are constantly mutating and multiplying - will we ever be able to conquer them?

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The Battle with Infectious Diseases (3/16/2005)

Presentation transcript

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. Why is the rate at which microbes multiply significant?
  2. Why is this a likely time for an emergence of infectious diseases?
  3. What is the role of infectious diseases in the creation of some chronic diseases?
  4. Is a massive flu pandemic possible?
  5. How could a flu pandemic be prevented?

Related Links

Exploring Antimicrobial Resistance (NIAID)
Many antibiotics don't pack the same punch as they once did.

A Problem That Won't Go Away (DHPE)
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education address infectious disease threats.

Infectious Diseases Resurgence (NLM)
Could environmental changes be to blame?

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 (Stanford University)
Find out why this is sometimes called the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history.

Infectious Diseases (GHC)
An overview from the Global Health Council.

Looking Ahead (World Bank)
The World Bank predicts the state of infectious diseases in the developing world in 2020.

Which Diseases Are Drug Resistant? (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control Web page links to fact sheets about drug-resistant diseases.

Links updated: 23 January 2009
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