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In the 21st century there is no doubt that new infectious diseases will appear and they will grow stronger and more ferocious There are new viruses that are coming out of nature and discovering the human species Due to our mistakes and way of life these deadly viruses are expected to increase in the future and possibly come at higher levels Will our lifestyle which we are accustomed to eventually cause an outbreak possibly destroying mankind This past decade at least 50 new viruses have appeared including new forms of Ebola Lassa fever Hanta Virus Dengue fever Pirital Black Lagoon virus and Nipah These kinds of viruses are not only showing up in regions of Africa and South America there have been cases of West Nile virus in New York City Cases of Ebola have appeared in Texas Virginia and Sienna Italy Unexpected outbreaks have occurred in hundreds of countries in the past few years Is this natures way of controlling population Why are these diseases emerging and in so many different formsThere are six main causes for the emergence of infectious diseases One of the major reasons is the rise in international travel and trade The world is very accessible now with airplanes and boats a virus that is in a very isolated situation may find itself in a position to spread around the world You could be in an African village where people may be dying like flies Twenty four hours later youre in downtown Los Angeles and coming down with Ebola or Lassa Fever and you dont even know you have it The amount of people crossing international boundaries each year is rising dramatically The current volume speed and reach makes todays modern travel a potent force in emergence of infectious diseases A large percentage of fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States are from developing countries outbreaks from imported food frequently go unreported and are very hard to
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