Epidemiology News

September 18, 2013

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Exemplar Discussion Posts by Karmin....Great Job!

Public Health Practices - Aug 27, 2013 12:26 PM

Screening- assessing healthy people as either likely or unlikely to have contracted the disease that is being the subject of screening.

In 2010, H1N1 was a largely feared world-wide pandemic. The symptoms and means of contracting the virus are very similar to that of the seasonal flu. In my school during this time, every minuscule cold was causing a large placebo effect, with every cough or sneeze resulting in the student being sent to the nurse for screening. Eventually, every student in the school was assessed for their likelihood of harboring the disease and the school even closed for a few days to prevent the spread of the sickness.

Disease Investigation- investigating diseases deals with identifying sources of illnesses, leading public health interventions, obtaining information, and learning about the spread of the disease.

This past year, I (along with many of my friends) contracted mononucleosis. By the time we were diagnosed, however, it was months past the time it was contracted. After multiple doctor visits, school seminars on personal sanitation in order to avoid diseases from others, and comparing possible sources for mono that we all had in common, the investigation was thoroughly researched, but not successful.

Public Health Practices - Aug 27, 2013 1:23 PM

I understand the impprtance of informing people of possible diseases they could contract, but I never really could agree with the purpose of screening. If anything, it seems to instill a sense of paranoia which could have negative effects. Either way, good job with your examples!

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