The spread of a disease doesn't stop at a country's borders. With more people traveling to other countries and living in crowded cities, it's easier for germs to spread. Infectious diseases that start in one part of the world can quickly reach another. Drug resistance is on the rise, making it harder to treat certain diseases. Natural and man-made disasters create refugee populations with immediate and long-term health problems.
Some of the major diseases currently affecting countries around the globe include HIV/AIDS, malaria, pandemic/avian flu, and tuberculosis. Many countries and health organizations are working together and sharing information on these and other health issues.
- More of World's People Are Now Obese Than Underweight (04/01/2016, HealthDay)
- Gene Analysis Pinpoints Zika's Arrival in the Americas (03/24/2016, HealthDay)
- Climate-Related Changes in Food Production Could Lead to 500,000 Deaths (03/03/2016, HealthDay)
- Examples of Neglected Tropical Diseases (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Global Malaria Epidemic (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) - PDF
- Human Trafficking (Administration for Children and Families)
- Immunization Coverage (World Health Organization)
- Onchocerciasis (World Health Organization)
- Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections (World Health Organization)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Global Health (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Disease Outbreak News (World Health Organization)