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Infectious diseases: what does it mean?

Introduction


Infectious diseases follow the mankind through the history of its existence. The epidemics were covering enormous territories including the whole countries and peoples. Thats why one of the name of infectious diseases was pestilential diseases.
The prophylaxis of the infectious diseases and fighting them were for all peoples the most serious social problem. Despite all the common efforts of all states in fighting infectious diseases we cannot say for sure that today all known infectious diseases are under full control. Nowadays the epidemics and pandemics represent very serious threat for the existence of the mankind, because they lead to the mass death of people and reduce considerably their work ability.
The success of 1950-1970s in fighting infectious diseases wasnt complete. Only natural pox of the whole list can be considered as relatively liquidated. Its because despite 20-year absence of its fixation the disease virus is being kept in laboratories. The number of non-immune people constantly increases. Periodically we witness the pestholes of various diseases supposedly liquidated before.
From another hand, the number of new, not-known diseases increases as well. In 1950s we spoke about 1000 infectious diseases, today we mark about 1200 diseases. The appearance of AIDS, leguonellosis, Lyme illness signifies the increasing number of problems both for doctors and for the society in general.
Under the conditions of the global increasing development of the World and new civilization challenges the fighting infectious diseases must become the global, the world task. It is impossible to solve the problem within the framework of one country efforts, it needs the consolidation of all the mankind, understanding the importance of such work and ready to unit all the resources to solve it.

Expert opinion

Halter Marek

02.12.06

Halter Marek
Le College de France
Olivier Giscard dEstaing

02.12.06

Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
Mika Ohbayashi

02.12.06

Mika Ohbayashi
Institute for Sustainable Energy Poliy
Bill Pace

02.12.06

Bill Pace
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Peter I. Hajnal

01.12.06

Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group