Pandemic Threats, Vector and Food-Borne Illness, and the Collapse of Antibiotics

(Complete guide to protecting yourself)

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Last Update: August 17, 2012

From TheCityEdition.com

While the many pandemic and food safety alerts of recent years have produced mercifully few casualties, epidemiologists believe plenty more nail-biting scenarios are coming down the pike. Among those keeping them awake at night:

To date, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers of Disease Control (in conjunction with other public health agencies) have closely monitored outbreaks. Epidemiologists have performed with commendable precision in their battles against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), West Nile Virus, H1N1, the Avian Flu and MRSA.

Unfortunately, continued funding for these government agencies is no longer a sure thing. The prospect a stock market collapse or state default (like the situation in Greece) may prove a showstopper as economic realities begin to eclipse public health priorities. The U.S. Congress has already taken steps to cut the budgets of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture. Most recently, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate funding for the USDA's Microbiological Data Program, which tests imported produce for E-coli.

That's why it's important to track pandemic threats and take counter-measures of your own. Of the several basic steps to limit your exposure to contaminants, harmful bacteria and viruses, the first one is to monitor what's going on and track new threats as they emerge. By purchasing or stockpiling essential safety equipment and supplies (including easy-to-obtain natural antibiotics), you'll increase the odds of surviving a fatal outbreak, epidemic or quarantine in the future.

This guide is divided into four sections:

Epidemics, Bacteria and Vaccines

Antibiotics - Losing Ground to MRSA and Other Superbugs

Vector-Borne Diseases

Foodborne Illness

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Pandemics - Intro

Viruses, Vaccines & Epidemics

Antibiotics vs. Superbugs

Vector-Borne Illness

Food-Borne Illness

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