How Far Can Countries Be Prepared for Serious Outbreak of Disease?

Topics: Influenza, Epidemiology, Infectious disease Pages: 2 (505 words) Published: July 18, 2011
Branislava Jusufovic

How far can countries be prepared for a serious outbreak of disease?

The future will bring contagious diseases such as meningitis, bronchitis as well as influenza and other infectious diseases; some of which are introduced intentionally. Recognizing that it would be impracticable to deal with the vast range of latent microbial threats individually, public health policy makers are devising strategies to appraise and respond to epidemics of all kinds. Such as public awareness through television, radio, newspaper, websites and even billboards. Those are mainly viewed as scare tactics from the viewers and usually ignored without thinking twice. Why? Well, there are a lot of factors which make viewers sceptic, such as man made diseases and the manipulation of the government.

The year is 1976, the gay population had just started to breathe the fresh air of boundless freedom. The following ad began appearing in New York newspapers:

‘Last Chance for Gay Men to Join the Hepatitis B* Vaccine Program’ *A sexually transmitted disease.  Enrollment closes in June, after which the vaccine may not be available for several years.  Take the FREE blood test to determine your HEPATITIS B status and eligibility for the program.

They took the bait; over 1000 gay men went to get the free vaccine in a time where HIV/AIDS did not exist. Suddenly in 1978 the disease kept scattering all over the gay community with no sign of how and why it got there. Only 5 years later and over 60% of these men were diagnosed with the virus, making those men that took the free vaccine the dominant carriers of AIDS. It must be a coincidence, after all the government knows and wants the best for its people. Today well over 35 million people have been encountered with the cold stranger called AIDS, and all of them are going to die due to the virus. Or shall I say, ‘the man made virus’? In the following years the program had been repeated in Los Angeles and San...
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