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The Coming Plague Newly Emerging Diseases in A World Out Of Balance By Laurie Garrett Ecology is a branch of science concerned with the interrelationships of organisms and their environment An ecosystem is a community together with its nonliving factors existing together Scientifically a community consists of a collection of creatures that live in a particular place together The Coming Plague was a novel that outlined how each epidemic has been a direct result of each step of human progression The diseases covered in laymans terms were Machupo Marburg Yellow Fever Meningitis Lassa Fever Ebola Swine Flu Legionaires Disease HIVAIDS Toxic Shock Syndrome Hantavirus Malaria Seal Plague Tuberculosis and Cholera Humans have not been exempt from the catastrophic results of a disruption in atmosphere nor disruption of the food chain By humans viewing themselves master their methodology in progression has resulted in devastation The discovery that most epidemics were bacterial or parasitic came only after a campaign in 1955 Dr Jonus Salkis established the Polio Vaccine and Americans felt as though nothing could go wrong in terms of health By 1963 everything fell apart developing countries such as India contributed as much as 13 of their budgets towards Malaria control Also during that period of Health Transition diverse plant life yielded effects of pesticides and the long term results were overwhelmed with destructive insects Consequently resistance amongst insects increased significantly By the 1970s society acknowledged that there was a direct effect of pollutants on human existence At that point it was recognized that environmental destruction could not be corrected within a time frame that contemporary humans would witness at their rate of progression the analogy used for human survival was the Cretaceous period dinosaur die-off The time had come to look at ecology beginning at the macro-level in order to allow nature to run its course and avoid any further destruction for the sake of progress Even still the issues were even greater than
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