Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Humans, infection, disease. The interaction between humans and infectious disease is prominent in the history of our species. In the Middle Ages, the bubonic plague killed 1/3 of the world’s population, wiping out villages and towns. In 1918, influenza infected 1/3 of the world’s population, killing nearly 50 million people. In the 20th century, polio paralysed hundreds of thousands of children every year. Humans contribute to the spread of and exposure to infectious diseases across the world through travel, deforestation, agricultural practises, population growth and movement, and disputes. This has brought us global threats such as SARS, H1N1, malaria, MERS, and Ebola. Until recently, antibiotics were the magic bullet for bacterial infections.
Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds However, anti-microbial resistance threatens our ability to treat an ever increasing range of infectious diseases.
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Skip to 1 minute and 28 seconds The drugs just aren’t working. Humans don’t exist in isolation from our environment, and there really is only one health. Human health is interconnected to the health of animals and the environment. In this course, we look at the current and emerging threats of infectious diseases and our response to them. Griffith University is a leader in infection prevention and control education. Our expert educators are affiliated with international bodies, such as the World Health Organisation. So join us, and together we will explore how you can be better prepared for plagues, pestilence, and pandemics, and make a difference to global health.