Emergence of new infectious diseases Discussion 3

Emergence of new infectious diseases Discussion 3

Emergence of new infectious diseases Discussion 3

All essays are to be submitted as a .docx or .pdf file via Canvas, no later than Tuesday, March 14th at 11:59pm. Absolutely no late submissions will be accepted without express communication and permission from your TA prior to the due date. Each answer should be no longer than two (2) pages double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, and 1” margins. Thus, your entire submission will be approximately 6 pages long. At the beginning of each essay, you should explicitly indicate the prompt (A or B) to which you are responding.

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1. Choose either A or B (and indicate which one you have chosen).

A. One of the themes that is implicit in A Civil Action is the nature of proof in establishing causation. Was sufficient evidence presented linking the exposure and the outcome? Consider this from the viewpoints of both science and law. Remembering that civil cases require proof of preponderance and evidence, and that criminal cases require guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, was the evidence sufficient for both criminal and civil convictions?

B. Most apparently noninfectious diseases entail lags between exposure and disease of up to several decades. What problems does this cause in establishing links between exposure and outcome? Be as specific as you can, using examples from the class.

2. Choose either A or B.

A. We have discussed and considered the ecology of disease, and the political ecology of disease. Using at least two examples from class and readings, apply the concepts of political ecology to understanding the consequences and causes of the construction of large dam projects, such as the Volta River (Akosambo) Dam. You may also wish to use the example from Kidder of a large dam that was constructed in Haiti.

B. Support or refute the argument that “you cannot use disease ecology to explain the relationship between leukemia and environmental exposure in Woburn, MA, because leukemia is not an infectious disease.” Is this true? Why or why not? Emergence of new infectious diseases Discussion 3

3. Choose either A or B.

A. In class, Dr. Mayer argued that most of the emergence of new infectious diseases can be explained by social and environmental factors. Considering the “factors of emergence”, support or refute this argument, using at least two diseases of your choice.

B. Use the factors of emergence to explain the appearance and spread of the disease in the film Contagion.




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