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Indeed we know that human diseases also spread to animals -but animals do not have access to science and the media, thus this goes unrealised and unremarked by most people. The influenza virus evolves in birds - waterfowl to be exact. 2 Virologists describe these birds as 'reservoirs' of infection. They carry nearly all known types of influenza, with no ill-effects, and spread them to the rest of the animal kingdom through their faeces. Hence, many kinds of animals can get flu -horses, ferrets, seals, pigs- as well as human beings.
Preventing infections through blood transfusion The Disease and its Epidemiology 41 depends on screening all donations and discouraging potentially infected donors from donating their blood. Occupational exposure can be reduced through adopting universally accepted precautions regarding safety and sterility. In the event that a health care worker is exposed, immediate treatment with anti-retroviral therapy can greatly reduce the risk of infection. In the case of injecting drug users, simple procedures such as the use of sterilised needles and needle exchange programmes have been very successful in some countries.
2 The Disease and its Epidemiology HIVI AIDS is not the first global epidemic, and it certainly won't be the last: it is a disease that is changing human history. HIV/AIDS shows up global inequalities. Its presence and impacts are felt most profoundly in poor countries and communities. Here we look at its origins, how it is transmitted and the particular characteristics which make consideration of its social and economic roots and impacts necessary. Because of its scale and the international and local concern it evokes, we are confronted by quantities of information that may threaten to overwhelm us.