From the past to the present, from one part of the world to another, epidemics leave behind trails of death and despair. Over the course of millions of years of human life, there have been prominent widespread diseases. Of these, three are very well known and are arguably the deadliest and most fatal to the human race. These three include the Black Death, Smallpox, and the Spanish Influenza. This site provides detailed information regarding the biological aspect of each disease, the history behind their devastating epidemics, the causes, effects, and the many attempts of the human race to find a cure. Please feel free to click around to learn more about these epidemics.
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Although these epidemics happened well into the past, they still can strike again today or in the future. Because of this, it is essential to be able to recognize the symptoms as they are still extremely deadly if infected. Even the Black Death, which struck in 1349, was caused by the Bubonic Plague which is still around today and has been reaccuring around every 100 years or so and is over-due. Smallpox, eradicated years ago, is now a possible Bioterriorism agent that could devastate the entire world if we do not recognize the symptoms and realize the severity of the disease. Spanish Influenza was the original form of H1N1 which infected hundreds of people in the past year. Each of these diseases also significantly affected the history of the world and we should understand how the world became what it is today since history does repeat itself.
Epidemiology is the study of the transmission and control of diseases. It provides the past history of diseases, their originations, and how they spread. In simpler terms, epidemiology allows scientists to study the past deadly diseases and compare them to their virulent successors. Along with physiology, pathology, and pharmacology, epidemiology is a critical component to preventive medicine. In preventive medicine, epidemiology provides statistics and patterns, and if a specific pattern of a dangerous disease is detected, the proper safety protocol can be followed. The data from epidemiology is essential since it enables scientists to predict outbreaks. Overall, modern epidemiology can avoid epidemics and is the science of prediction.
According to Dr. Sati Mazumdar, professor emeritus of biostatics at University of Pittsburgh, "Epidemiology gives us distribution of disease incidence and prevalance in space and time. So it can focus on research for prevention and treatment in a cost effective way. It guides us towards identification of risk factors for the disease.
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