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Unformatted text preview: EPIDEMIOLOGY This is the science that studies when and where diseases occur and how they are transmitted. This science began when Dr. John Snow traced an outbreak of cholera to contaminated water in London in 1848-1849. An epidemiologist is looking for the cause of the disease, the original source, and the connection between cases of the disease, as well as any other factors that might help in understanding of a disease outbreak. The next step is ending a current outbreak and preventing outbreaks in the future. Strategies for controlling a disease include: I. Use of drugs II. Immunization III. Control of reservoirs of infection IV. Water treatment V. Sewage disposal VI. Cold storage of food VII. Adequate cooking VIII. Food inspection IX. Pasteurization Type of investigations that may be carried out: 1. Descriptive epidemiology--all relevant information is collected...
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course MCB MCB2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09