oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa - towards an integrative future : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



Infectious diseases have an impact on all levels of society. Patterns and type of infection can be influenced by and in turn influence human behaviour and socio-economic factors. At one end of the spectrum, infections such as tuberculosis and HIV cause extensive disease, have significant public health implications and have a major impact on poor people. The severity of both diseases can be ameliorated by adequate access to healthcare. At the other extreme, rhinovirus infections, although considered fairly innocuous, affect all members of society regardless of socioeconomic status, cause morbidity through the precipitation of asthma and have an economic impact through loss of work.

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