Happy Friday, reader.
There are many elements that influence the spread of infectious diseases. Cold, dry climates can spread the flu; warmer, wetter can produce the mosquito populations that transmit Zika or West Nile.
But social factors are as important as environmental factors when it comes to communicable diseases, as currently two very different flagella show devastation: Ebola and measles.
In the case of the former, the widespread violence has created an intense – and dangerous – situation for health workers who have explicitly referred to the situation in the Congo as a "war zone" preventing ongoing vaccination and treatment campaigns and even agreeing with the Trump administration Global health authorities were tense, urging the United States to return its medical experts to areas considered too dangerous by the US. The eruption of Congo-Ebola is now considered the second worst in history. This is largely due to these factors.
And then there is measles, the largely preventable viral disease that leads to a laborious resurgence of acrobatics in the developed and developing worlds. Scientists believe that this is also due to a social failure: Delayed vaccination rates.
"Due to gaps in vaccine coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, with an estimated 1
"Using updated disease modeling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends in the last 17 years. It shows that since 2000 over 21 million lives have been rescued by measles vaccination. However, since 2016, reported cases have risen by more than 30 percent worldwide.
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