Despite medical advances, infectious diseases are on the rise worldwide. Climate change and urbanization are key factors precipitating the spread of disease. In the United States, poverty is the main cause for rising infection rates. In addition, climate change contributes to the spread of disease. The Rift Valley virus in South Africa is a case study. Rising infection rates are caused by a complex interplay between human and environmental factors. getAbstract recommends these articles to anyone concerned with health and the best way to combat future epidemics.
In this summary, you will learn
- How infectious diseases spread,
- Why poverty increases infection rates, and
- Why multidisciplinary teams are best-equipped to study and combat epidemics.
About the Authors
Melinda Wenner Moyer, Lee Riley, Diana Fine Maron, Lois Parshley and Thomas Inglesby are contributors to Scientific American.