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Epidemics, Part II - Causes of large scale disease

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Epidemics, Part II - Causes of large scale disease

In my last blog, I asked the question: What Causes Epidemics?  Here are some answers: The host and environment are in constant interaction and diseases are caused by disturbance of equilibrium between disease agent (virus, bacterium, parasite), host and environment. The disease assumes epidemiological proportions when the environmental conditions are favorable for the disease agent and unfavorable conditions exist for man. You must have observed disasters like wars, famine, floods and earthquakes are followed by epidemics of infectious disease. Why does this happen? The following factors favor occurrence of epidemics after disasters. Temporary Population Settlements Temporary camps or settlements are hastily...

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