Pandemics and Epidemics
Today's interconnected world makes it easier for diseases to spread rapidly, and over great distances. Lately, talk of epidemics and pandemics frequent the headlines. While such news can be scary, the right information is important for understanding how to keep yourself healthy and eliminate unnecessary fears.
What Are Pandemics and Epidemics?
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Preventing and Controlling Epidemics and Pandemics
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News About Epidemics and Pandemics
It can be quite unnerving to hear talk of potential epidemics or pandemics on the news. Find reliable information about these situations using the news resources recommended here.
Insights for News About Epidemics and Pandemics
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- In 2009, NPR interviewed Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, about the spread of disease. Archived news stories about swine flu and pandemics are also available.
Top Sites for News About Epidemics and Pandemics
The World Health Organization publishes its statements on health situations of public concern and updates on scares like the H1N1 influenza virus. Check also for video resources and communicable disease alert news.
Medical News Today has created a helpful page explaining what constitutes an epidemic or pandemic, and offering news stories about these health issues. Make sure to read some of the related articles about antibiotics and talking to your doctor about your health.
WebMD’s Cold and Flu Health Center provides some of the latest news headlines about flu viruses, resources for managing and understanding colds and flu and community forums for talking to others about health-related matters.
The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service works to protect the nation through agricultural safety. Not all of the news on this site is specific to pandemics or epidemics, but developments about current issues, like H1N1 influenza, are discussed.