HPR 350 Week 1 Discussion. Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read chapters 1 and 12 of the textbook and the required resources.  For your initial post, you will examine a current epidemiological issue and offer your perspective on the epidemiological approach towards infectious diseases.
Recently, there have been several instances of infectious disease outbreaks in amusement parks and cruise ships.  In your post, address the following:
Describe the many aspects related to the study and reporting of those incidents.  (Consider how the cases were quantified.  In other words, how many cases were there?  How fast and far did the disease spread?  What was identified as the cause?)
Describe the many participants that worked on this outbreak (Consider how folks from different disciplines worked together to track, study, and contain the disease when building your response).
In addition to the required articles, research a minimum of two peer-reviewed articles from the Ashford University Library on recent epidemics. Your initial post should be a minimum of 400 words and include at least two scholarly sources that discussed the recent epidemics (please refrain from newspaper accounts, blogs, and commentary).
Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts and respond substantively to at least two of your peers who wrote on different outbreaks than you by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in the week to promote more meaningful interactive discourse in this discussion.
Read the assigned resources as well as those referenced by your peers before constructing your reply.  Address the following elements:
Analyze the response to the epidemic in terms of effectiveness (consider addressing questions such as how fast was the response, how long did it take to contain it, was the number of people who investigated really necessary, is the situation resolved).
Discuss ways to reduce the incidence of such an outbreak (research how outbreaks of this disease occurred and how to prevent them).
Your response should be at least 250 words with at least two scholarly sources to support your response. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post.

HPR 350 Week 1 Discussion