National borders are trivial impediments to infectious disease threats. In the highly interconnected and readily traversed global village of our time, one nation’s problem soon becomes every nation’s problem. Therefore, strategies must be implemented worldwide, not just nationally, in order to have a true impact.
What do you know about infectious disease?
True or False: The clearing and settlement of tropical rainforests has exposed woodcutters, farmers, and ecotourists to new vector-borne diseases.
The clearing and settlement of rainforests has exposed woodcutters, farmers, and ecotourists to new vector-borne diseases.
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The clearing and settlement of tropical rainforests has exposed woodcutters, farmers, and ecotourists to new vector-borne diseases.
Infectious Disease Defined
The deliberate release of a virus, bacterium, or other biological agent to cause illness and death in people, animals, or plants.
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