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Scientists call for paradigm shift in how we approach infectious disease and population mobility

When people travel, pathogens often hitch a ride with them. As about a billion people cross international borders each year, microbes are being spread farther and wider than ever before.

In a paper published in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), a journal of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Douglas MacPherson, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, explores the relationship between population mobility, globalization and antimicrobial drug resistance.

In collaboration with a team of international scientists, MacPherson examined the link between human travel and the international movement of drug-resistant infectious diseases around the world.

"Citing published data, the authors conclude that population mobility affects the spread and distribution of resistant organisms. But despite this, it has not been considered a primary factor in developing approaches for disease control. The authors propose a paradigm shift is needed to tackle the problem, as well as greater international collaboration and standardization across borders."
 
 

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