This online textbook chapter supports and extends the content of the Emerging Infectious Diseases video. The chapter content covers the factors affecting the emergence of disease. Click on the Go button to begin reading, or skip to a sub-section of the chapter in the list below.
Why Do Diseases Emerge?
The Human Body as an Ecosystem
The Emergence of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Mechanisms of Resistance
Microbial Adaptation and Change
Lateral Gene Transfer
Travel, Demographics, and Susceptibility
Climate and Weather
Preventing and Controlling Emerging Infectious Disease