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How can communication technologies be used to prevent disease outbreak?

I want to know in what ways can communication devices be of a help to prevent an outbreak of diseases.

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  • Aug 16 2013: There are, in general, two kinds of communicative diseases.
    1, Infectious diseases only through personal contact. example AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STD). There are also hepatitis B and C. The consequences of these are quite serious. Usually, the attending physicians or nurses would be responsible for informing the U. S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the patients' contacts list obtained from the patient. However, the CDC ordinarily wouldn't inform foreign health authorities unless the foreign authority inquires about a person by name. Sometimes, some mysterious or rare diseases was reported or microbiologically or pathologically examined by CDC. I am sure the CDC will be able to relay the information to foreign authorities, if asked.
    2. Some very contagious (thro the air) disease such as influenza such as the bird flu, swine flu or the respiratory type of flu. they need quarantine. I am sure that the information, including microscopic findings, should be be available as well. Then there are Tuberculosis.(TB), ESPECIALLY THE DRUG RESISTANT TYPE. I hope that all the health authorities in all the counties in the world will have open communications, so that we can prevent it to spread beyond the national borders.
    The modern telecommunication of disease information is well developed that.physicians could diagnose most disease conditions through the internet. It is also much developed that we can have medical conferences about pathological finding almost as good as in the face-to-face in a conference room. This is, in my opinion, the most important avenue for international communication for disease prevention and control.

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