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Public Access to Health Information. Infectious Diseases (Tuberculosis, Malaria and others). Information and Infectious Diseases. Whilst most infectious diseases are curable, the best alternative is prevention. This depends on: Good information on transmission

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Public access to health information 1360493

Infectious Diseases

(Tuberculosis, Malaria and others)


Information and infectious diseases
Information and Infectious Diseases

Whilst most infectious diseases are curable, the best alternative is prevention.

This depends on:

  • Good information on transmission

  • Advice about preventive measures, and

  • Information on treatment.


Information on transmission
Information on transmission

Although Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS are the main killers, there are many other such as: cholera, typhoid, typhus, meningitis, STIs, and influenza.

Transmission can be through contact with infected people and animals, contaminated water, parasites such as ticks and mosquitoes.

Traditional medicine is notoriously inaccurate on this (blaming the wrong sort of mangoes for malaria for instance).


Tuberculosis tb
Tuberculosis (TB)

The important information is that although it is infectious and contagious, there can be a long incubation period before symptoms occur.

Avoiding contact with body fluids from infected people can prevent transmission

Carriers of the infection can be tracked and identified

Immunisation with BCG vaccine can prevent the worst forms of the disease (it is 80% effective for 10 years).



Malaria
Malaria

Malaria is passed on by the Anopheles Mosquito

Preventive health campaigns can

  • Disinfect the mosquito habitat with larvicides

  • Drain and fill puddles

  • Screen blood products

    Individuals can

  • Use mosquito nets

  • Use insect repellents and insecticides

  • Take prophylaxis (quinine related drugs)


A library infectious diseases programme
A library Infectious Diseases Programme

In addition to stocking relevant information materials, the library can:

  • Partner in information campaigns on particular conditions

  • Display and help users to interpret posters

  • Organise learning groups at which relevant health messages can be treansmitted.