Infectious disease is one of the leading causes of deaths among children, adolescents and adults
throughout the world. Sixteen percent of all deaths each year globally are attributed to treatable diseases. That figure is likely higher in 2014 due to the deaths from Ebola. However, significant advances in medicine and technology have made it possible to prevent many of these deaths. Here are some developments that have made a major impact:
While the majority of infectious disease deaths are in other countries, we only have to look at Ebola to see how disease can travel to the United States. Whether you’re a medical employee or a patient, contaminated clothing can spread infectious disease. Patient Scrubs™ can help break this contamination link because these garments can be sanitized in hot water and chlorine bleach. For more information or to order scrubs, check out www.patientscrubs.com.
Immunizations have played a key role in reducing and/or eliminating childhood diseases that caused early deaths. However, some parents choose not to vaccinate their children. In addition, some childhood diseases are still common in many parts of the world. So it’s easy for these infectious diseases to travel to the U.S. The 2014 outbreak of measles is an excellent example of how quickly this can escalate. Although measles elimination was documented in 2000, there are a record number of measles cases this year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers up-to-date travel information, so you can check out current health issues for specific destinations. Alerts range from avoiding nonessential travel to following precautions to avoid contracting a disease. If you must travel to a location on the list, the CDC provides a list of precautions for each disease. The CDC typically has a complete page of information on each disease that includes a description, recent updates, precautions and links to other references. If you’re making travel plans, check out this information.
Illnesses can turn scary quickly, especially when you have an infectious disease that has proven fatal for many people. We at Patient Scrubs™ wish you and your family good health and wellness as we enter this year’s winter season.