News Outlets Examine Risk Of Pandemic Disease Outbreak

CNN: Seven reasons we’re at more risk than ever of a global pandemic
“…Public health experts believe we are at greater risk than ever of experiencing large-scale outbreaks and global pandemics like those we’ve seen before: SARS, swine flu, Ebola, and Zika. … Experts are unanimous in the belief that the next outbreak contender will most likely be a surprise — and we need to be ready…” (Senthilingam, 4/3).

International Business Times: When Will The Next Epidemic Be? Global Pandemic Risk Greater Than Ever
“…An increasing world population moving closer together amid more urbanization than ever before creates an easier scenario for a potential disease to be transmitted, [Jimmy Whitworth, professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,] said. Humans moving into previously undisturbed territories mean new animals transmitting new infections, while global travel means faster and easier movement of diseases. Civil unrest hinders a country’s ability to respond to a health crisis, while fewer doctors and nurses in developing regions mean those areas likely won’t be able to adequately combat a disease. Climate change and its consequent natural disasters like floods mean an increase in vector-borne illnesses like those carried by mosquitos…” (Pignataro, 4/4).

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