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Hygiene and Health: An Epidemiologic Link?

Citation

Larson, Elaine L. & Aiello, Allison E. (2001). Hygiene and Health: An Epidemiologic Link?. American Journal of Infection Control, 29(4), 232-8.

Abstract

One of the great achievements of the public health enterprise in the 20th century has been the control of infection. In 1900, one third of all deaths were caused by 3 infectious diseases (pneumonia, tuberculosis, and diarrhea); 40% of these deaths occurred in children younger than 5 years. By 1997, more than half of all deaths were caused by 2 chronic diseases, heart disease and cancer.1 This statistic indicates a profound improvement in infectious disease control that has been attributed to a variety of factors, including vaccination programs, improved public utilities (such as water chlorination and waste disposal), and general improvements in health related to nutrition and personal hygiene.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1067/mic.2001.115679

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Infection Control

Author(s)

Larson, Elaine L.
Aiello, Allison E.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

29

Issue Number

4

Pages

232-8

Reference ID

8413