the pieces to understand the epidemiology and environmental components.

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 from the course text, Essentials of Environmental Health (3rd ed.). Additionally, read the following articles and websites:

Before beginning your initial post, make certain you have completed the required reading from How the Wise Men Brought Malaria to Africa. Next, flash forward to the 21st century, where zoonotic and vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever, Zika, Lyme, and hantavirus are frequently described in the media.

For your initial post,

  • Look for in-depth media coverage, on the internet or news databases such as Newspaper Source PlusLinks to an external
  • Create a story of how today’s “wise men” have often caused these outbreaks with their or our fine intentions. Create your story in whatever style (or format) you wish but include all the pieces to understand the epidemiology and environmental components.
    • In other words, as long as you include the epidemiological pieces needed by your peers, you can write your entry in professional text, or get “out of the box” with a folk tale, audio narrative, or attempt something using multimedia.
    • Thinking outside the box or of possible scenarios is valuable to epidemiologists and public health workers as it allows us to contemplate what may occur in the future.

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