Your Discussion should be 3-4 paragraphs in length, detailing your thoughts and position using 2-3 readings references for support. Also be sure to pose 1-2 well thought out questions from which your colleagues can formulate a response or generate further discussion.
Scenario: You have just been accepted as an intern at an organization primarily concerned with disease surveillance and prevention efforts. As part of your employment, you are required to learn about and be able to consult with outside officials on a disease of global concern on behalf of the organization. Research and discuss an infectious disease that poses the threat of a pandemic and may require isolation or quarantine efforts. Provide a short overview of the disease including etiology, transmission, and public health characteristics of the disease. Reflect on the social impact of isolation or quarantine should an outbreak or threat of widespread transmission occur. Would there be a question of moral responsibility or do other factors take precedence? What would you personally advise in regard to governments or healthcare organizations imposing mandatory immunization, isolation, or quarantine? How would you personally feel if you were the subject of isolation or quarantine? What would you hope government officials, healthcare professionals, or even your own friends or family do to aid you in this time?
Resources to get you started: Psychosocial impacts of quarantine during disease outbreaks and interventions that may help to relieve strain http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/publications/Psychosocial-impacts-of-quarantine.pdf Attitudes Toward The Use Of Quarantine In A Public Health Emergency In Four Countries http://www.commed.vcu.edu/IntroPH/Communicable_Disease/attitudes2Quarantinehamar06.pdf
In a 2-3 page paper, answer the following questions. In addition to the researched facts you present as your answer, you may provide opinions and real-world experiences where appropriate.
Research and determine a controversial topic, myth, or rumor in the field of infectious disease. One example is a rumor that a full cure for HIV has been developed, yet not distributed to the public. Another example includes the use of a “no nit” policy at schools for students with head lice. In addition, according to a recent WHO report, many people think antibiotics cure the flu and that you should discontinue antibiotics once you feel better.
- State the myth or rumor and why some people believe it. If possible, include specific statistics such as what percent of people may actually believe it.
- What impact does this myth or rumor have on the ability for medical professionals to effectively treat disease? What impact does it have on the patient or public health?Create an awareness campaign to dispel the myth or rumor. What should the message be? What would be the best method to communicate this to the population affected and/or the general public?
The Written Assignment should be 2-3 double spaced pages in length, not including title or reference pages. (No abstract is needed.) Make sure your assignment is APA format with double-spacing, Times New Roman, 12-point font, and 1” margins. Include citations and a list of references in APA format. Edit for spelling and grammar errors. You can get assistance with APA formatting at: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html
Resources to get you started:
Common myths about infections and antibioticsCommon-myths-about-infections-and-antibiotics.pdf
Antibiotic Resistance: Multi-Country Public Awareness Surveyhttp://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/194460/1/9789241509817_eng.pdf?ua=1
Head Lice Information for Schoolshttp://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html