Preventing Spread Of Infectious Diseases Is Everyone’s Responsibility, Report Stresses
From Science Daily Health Article of June 22, 2009
The swine flu scare has prompted some to say that we are over-reacting but it is important to look at the bigger picture – because the next new pathogens are always just around the corner.
The regular emergence of new pathogenic strains, and their unpredictable behaviour, means that sustained investment in effective strategies of mitigation and containment make absolute sense.
But if infections are to be kept in check, there needs to be a fundamental change in our approach to hygiene, with more emphasis being placed on empowering families to take on this responsibility.
Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and one of the report’s authors, comments: ‘Although antibiotics and vaccines have given us unprecedented ability to prevent and treat killer diseases, hygiene is still fundamental to winning the battle against infectious disease in both developed and developing countries – and that’s a job for all of us.
This is not about shifting responsibility, it’s about facing reality’.