Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

Emergingand Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

Emergingand Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases

Thearticle, “WorldUnprepared to Cope with Emerging Infectious Diseases”by Lisa Schlein addresses the cases of emerging diseases (Schlein,2016).Margaret Chan, the World Health Organization (WHO) head says theworld is facing unprecedented global health challenge (Beaubien,2016). While delivering a speech during a conference in Lyon, France,Chan urges that it is impossible to plan for the future whenconsidering infectious diseases. Diseases, just like people andgoods, moves around in this interrelated world. For instance,superbugs and drug-resistant pathogens travel internationally infood, animals, and people. Unfortunately, most countries do not havethe right equipment to deal with these threats posed by emerging andre-emerging infectious diseases. According to Reichart,Gelderblom, Khongkhunthian, and Schmidt-Westhausen (2016), mostAfrican countries lack proper means to detect, diagnose, and takecare of the patients. Examples of emerging and re- emerginginfectious diseases include Ebola and Zika virus.

Thearticle mentioned above has several implications for the BSN nursingpractice. Firstly, it is important to the nurses taking care ofpatients affected by infectious diseases to be very cautious.Secondly, it is vital for every nurse to have sufficient informationabout infectious diseases threats and remain vigilant. On the otherhand, BSN nurses have a vital role in preventing and managinginfectious diseases. For instance, they should always work in a teamto ensure quick and effective respond in case of an outbreak of suchdiseases and other humanitarian emergencies. Further, they shouldalways ensure they have a surveillance system to detect potentialinfectious diseases early enough because they spread (Abubakar,Rangaka, and Lipman, 2016).Besides, they should closely work with WHO and other health-carecounterparts to remain updated on the globe outbreaks hence, in thecase of a threat, they can respond promptly.


Abubakar,I., Rangaka, M. X., &amp Lipman, M. (2016). Investigating emerginginfectious diseases.&nbspInfectiousDisease Epidemiology,87.

Beaubien,J. (2016, May 23). WHO`s Stern Warning: The World `Is Not Prepared ToCope` With Pandemics. Retrieved June 13, 2016, fromhttp://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/05/23/479199256/whos-stern-warning-the-world-is-not-prepared-to-cope-with-pandemics

Reichart,P. A., Gelderblom, H. R., Khongkhunthian, P., &ampSchmidt-Westhausen, A. (2016). Ebola virus disease: any risk for oraland maxillo-facial surgery? An overview.&nbspOraland maxillofacial surgery,1-4.

Schlein,L. (2016, May 23). World Unprepared To Cope With Emerging InfectiousDiseases. Retrieved June 13, 2016, fromhttp://www.voanews.com/content/world-unprepared-to-cope-with-emerging-infectious-diseases/3342325.html