NSG 486 Assignment Infectious Disease Trends

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NSG 486 Assignment Infectious Disease Trends

NSG 486 Assignment Infectious Disease Trends

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Understanding diseases present within the community allows public health nurses to prioritize health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

Analyze infectious diseases by:

Defining epidemiology, outbreak, incidence, and prevalence

Evaluating the role of nursing within epidemiology

Evaluating current infectious diseases locally, statewide, and nationally

Associating three of the most current infectious diseases with Healthy People 2020 objectives

Analyzing evidence-based practices aimed at reducing infectious diseases

Format your assignment as one of the following:

18- to 20-slide presentation

3- to 4-minute podcast

15- to 20-minute oral presentation

700- to 1,050-word paper

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The 2002–03 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak has changed public health in many ways in China and worldwide. This change is reflected in China’s effective control of H1N1, H5N1, and H7N9 influenza outbreaks; response to imported cases of Zika virus infection, Rift Valley fever, and Yellow fever; and China’s active involvement in the fight against Ebola virus disease in west Africa in 2014. After the SARS outbreak, intensified actions have been taken in China to reduce the burden of infectious diseases, such as substantial investment in public health, capacity building for laboratory testing, surveillance system enhancement, national intervention programmes for specific diseases, and maintenance of a close collaboration with international partners.

Since the implementation of these efforts, how has the situation developed regarding infectious disease epidemics in China? What can the world learn from China’s approach to infectious disease control? What role can China play in global public health?

A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases

addressed these issues and aimed to explore the epidemic features during the first decade after the SARS outbreak (2004–13) by analysing surveillance data on 45 notifiable infectious diseases. In their Article,

Shigui Yang and his colleagues reported that the overall incidence of infectious diseases in China has maintained an increasing trend (annual percentage change 5·9%). Of 45 notifiable diseases, 20 presented a striking decreasing trend, while ten other diseases continued to rise. What are the implications of these comprehensive findings on various diseases?

In an effort to combat emerging infectious diseases, the notifiable disease list in China was made adjustable on the basis of the threat assessment of the specific disease. Since 2004, three emerging diseases have been added as mandatory report diseases: hand, foot, and mouth disease in 2008; influenza A H1N1 pdm09 in 2009; and human infection with the avian influenza A H7N9 virus in 2013. Excluding these three new diseases, the overall incidence of the remaining consistently reported diseases, estimated by a joinpoint regression model,

showed a two-stage feature of opposite changes. In the first stage, the overall rate of reported infectious diseases rose rapidly in 2004–06, with an annual percentage change of 8·9%, which is probably attributable to the improved sensitivity of the surveillance system by the adoption of a new web-based reporting approach since the SARS outbreak.

In the second stage, the overall trend showed a slight reduction with an annual percentage change of −0·7% in 2007–13. Whether or not the three newly added diseases are considered, the pattern of the overall trend of infectious disease occurrence showed significant differences between the two stages (figure). Unfortunately, this fact was overlooked in Yang and colleagues’ report,

but should be noted by readers .

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FigureTemporal trend of overall rate of reported cases of notifiable infectious diseases in China, 2004–13
From 2004 to 2013, similar to the striking rate of increase in annual gross domestic product in China (7·7–11·9%),

the epidemic trend of many infectious diseases showed notable increases or

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decreases, comprehensively driven by evolving socioeconomic, environmental, and causal factors.

Active introduction of new vaccine-preventable diseases into the National Immunization Program in China, which included 15 diseases since 2007, led to a sharp reduction in the overall number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases according to routine surveillance data and the nationwide seroprevalence survey.

In response to WHO’s activity in the worldwide fight against neglected tropical diseases, a large-scale, active, case-screening strategy was adopted in China for specific parasitic diseases (eg, schistosomiasis and hydatid), which led to a large increase in reported cases. However, the national survey of parasitic infection showed that the real overall incidence of parasitic diseases declined constantly.

Under the leadership of the national and local governments and implementation of a one-health strategy, along with close joint multispectral collaboration between the departments of health, agriculture, and the environment, some parasitic diseases have reached or approached elimination status. The elimination of filariasis throughout China was certified in 2007 by WHO. Furthermore, the goal of nationwide malaria elimination by 2020 was established, and schistosomiasis is close to being eliminated.

Additionally, in China, screening of blood donors and surgical patients for HIV, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and syphilis have been successively required since the 1990s, which facilitated the active identification of new and past infections of these pathogens.

However, further studies are needed to assess actual incidence trends.

As a whole, due to the unprecedented rapid development of urbanisation and industrialisation in China in the past three decades, the pattern of interaction between human beings and pathogens has changed greatly, substantially altering disease epidemiology. Therefore, to better understand the epidemiological features, changing trends, and severity of diseases, a well functioning public health surveillance system, integrated with population-based studies on specific diseases, should be continually intensified to effectively plan, implement, evaluate, and improve disease control strategies. China’s experience can be shared with the rest of the world.
We declare no competing interests. We thank experts from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Liping Wang, Qiaohong Liao, Xiang Ren, Mengjie Geng, Lingjia Zeng, Shan Lu, Xiaofang Wang, Guomin Zhang, Dan Wu, Lijuan Zhang, Yan Cui, Lin Pang, Lixia Wang, Daxin Ni, Xiaochun Wang, and Songwang Wang), and experts from the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Jiang Wu and Hongyan Lu), who attended the discussion meetings and made contributions to this Comment.


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    Lancet. 2008; 3721598-1605

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