Contagious Disease and Its Impact on Society Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the potential spread of an ebola-like virus in the modern world.
# 151238 | 1,082 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper looks at how the movie "Outbreak" chronicles the fictional events of an ebola-like virus and its spread. The paper goes on to discuss the appearance and spread of a Level 4 contagion as a realistic concern in the United States and looks at the prophylactic measures that could be taken to mitigate further infection. The paper considers the potential for a pandemic and explains why the danger of an Ebola pandemic is extremely low given its current traits.

Potential for Disease Spread in United States
Potential for Pandemic

From the Paper:

"In Outbreak, the military institutes martial law to quarantine the infected populace in the town of Cedar Creek. Eventually, the military begins plans to bomb Cedar Creek in an attempt to eradicate the virus, which had thus far proven untenable. While the concept of the United States government destroying a small town and murdering its populace is likely superlative Hollywood movie-making, the institution of martial law is a realistic and effective approach toward preventing further spread (Yassi et al., 2001).
"In addition to the non-medical measures which can be taken to deal with the spread of an infectious agent, there are several medical actions which could be utilized to treat infected invididuals, including antivirals, antibiotics, or vaccines (Yassi et al., 2001). For example, antivirals and vaccines are both being utilized in an effort to stymie the current Swine influenza outbreak around the world and within the United States (antibiotics have no effort on viruses and thus would only be used to bacterial outbreaks). However, the efficacy of these methods would be uncertain with a novel virus. Depending on the nature of the virus and its pathogenesis, the development of viruses may be difficult or unfeasible. Polio is an example of a disease which was effectively eradicated by the development of vaccines, whereas HIV continues to evade the efforts of researchers to develop vaccines (although some recent progress has been made) (Preston, 2009; Snowden, 2008; Yassi et al., 2001)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cavendish, M. (2007). Diseases and Disorders (p. 328). Marshall Cavendish.
  • Groseth, A., Feldmann, H., & Strong, J. E. (2007). The ecology of Ebola virus. Trends in Microbiology, 15(9), 408-416. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2007.08.001.
  • Petersen, W. (1995). Outbreak. Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Preston, R. (2009). Panic in Level 4 (p. 230). Random House, Inc.
  • Snowden, F. M. (2008). Emerging and reemerging diseases: a historical perspective. Immunological Reviews, 225, 9-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-065X.2008.00677.x.

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