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Topic: HLS 6000 DF5: Exert Significant International Effort to Monitor and Contain
This week, we look at the threat of infectious diseases, both “newly emerging and reemerging”. “The Emerging Infectious Diseases” cautions us that we need to “exert significant international effort to monitor and contain” a variety of infectious diseases.
You are the deputy director of emergency services for a major city in Massachusetts. The director of elder affairs asks to meet with you. The city has a large elder population, and the director wants to track possible diseases for whom the elder population (as well as the city) may be most vulnerable. You go back and meet with the director, your immediate boss, who, while recognizing that you are not a medical professional, asks you to lead a working group to assist.
Identify please three types of information you would look for, and three resources you would use to attempt to identify an infectious disease threat. Are there others you would want to bring into this working group? (This is an information gathering, analysis and knowledge management issue, I am not asking for medical expertise). Based upon the readings, is there a particular disease you are most worried about?
Discussion Name Institution Discussion The three types of information I would look for while identifying the infectious disease is the rate of spread, the fatality rate and the features of the affected group such as class and gender. The rate at which the disease is advancing will influence the response mechanism that has to be employed to reduce the impac