The following resources may provide additional background information about emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases for you and your students.
NIAID, the institute that helped support the development of this module, maintains this Web site. The site provides information on NIAID's activities, press releases about recent scientific advances related to allergy and infectious diseases, and a rich collection of online publications about a variety of infectious diseases, the immune system, women's health issues, and many other topics. In addition, the following site has links to publications from the institute: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/eidr/cover.htm.
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) sponsors the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), a global electronic network of scientists, physicians, teachers, students, and lay persons interested in learning about and discussing emerging-disease concerns. In addition to information posted on the Web site, you can subscribe free of charge to the ProMED-mail electronic conference. Subscribers receive one or two postings a day that report the incidence of and circumstances surrounding cases of emerging infectious diseases. The reports are edited and moderated by a group of experts in areas such as viral diseases, animal diseases, plant diseases, and emerging infectious diseases.
This is the Web site for the United States Public Health Service. Information here includes descriptions of the work of the Public Health Service, press releases and fact sheets from the service, and links to the Web sites for the various Public Health Service agencies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a branch of the U.S. Public Health Service, operates this Web site. It contains information about CDC activities and recent press releases, fact sheets on more than 150 diseases, injuries, and disabilities in the United States and around the world. It also links to many CDC centers and offices of interest, such as The National Immunization Program, the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and the Global Health Odyssey. The Global Health Odyssey provides information on the history of the CDC and a connection to EXCITE (Excellence in Curriculum Integration through Teaching Epidemiology), a collection of teaching materials on the science of epidemiology.
This site also has a link to the CDC's electronic journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, a valuable resource for anyone interested in research in this field. The direct URL for the journal is http://www.cdc.gov/eid.
This Web site provides information about the activities and disease-eradication goals of the World Health Organization (WHO). It also offers press releases about recent world health news; fact sheets on infectious and noninfectious diseases, environmental issues that affect public health, family and reproductive health, and health policies and statistics around the world; and a catalog of more than 700 WHO publications organized by subject.
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman (1987; Ballantine Books; ISBN 0345349571).
America's Vital Interest in Global Health (1997; National Academy Press).
Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States (1992; National Academy Press).
Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, by Paul Farmer (1999; University of California Press; ISBN 0520215443).
Man and Microbes: Disease and Plagues in History and Modern Times, by Arno Karlen (1996; Touchstone Books; ISBN 0684822709).
Plagues and Peoples, by William H. McNeill (1998; Anchor; ISBN 0385121229).
Rats, Lice, and History: Being a Study in Biography, Which, After Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, Deals with the Life History of Typhus Fever, by Hans Zinsser (1984; Little Brown & Co; ISBN 0316988960).
Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria?: Torrid Diseases in a Temperate World, by Robert S. Desowitz (1998).
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