This map shows the most concerning epidemic diseases in the world

Hyperaxion Aug 22, 2020

Understanding variables such as human interaction with the environment, animals and ecosystems is essential to stop new epidemics.

A map to be published in the scientific journal Cell reveals the main emerging diseases in the world in addition to Covid-19.

This map shows the most concerning epidemic diseases in the world
(Credit: Anthony Fauci, David Morens / Cell).

The research was conducted by Anthony Fauci, head of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), along with David Morens, an NIAID scientific consultant.

Their goal is to show how new diseases, like Covid-19, and more common diseases, like the flu, can become dangerous for humanity.

Countless variables come into play, such as our interaction with animals, nature, and the environment.

The map shows diseases like the H1N1 (Swine Flu), Yellow Fever, Ebola, and Zika and the countries that are most affected by them.

Many are unlikely to become a pandemic, as they are under control and vaccines already exist. Ebola, for example, is highly fatal, but it spreads slowly between humans.

Bacterial diseases like gonorrhea are of concern because they are becoming resistant to antibiotics, but they are not particularly lethal.

Even so, it is important to monitor these diseases and promote vaccination so that epidemics that have already been eradicated do not return with the same intensity.

“Science will surely bring us many life-saving drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics; however, there is no reason to think that these alone can overcome the threat of ever more frequent and deadly emergences of infectious diseases,” Fauci and Morens wrote.

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