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Fomites (fomes = singular) are inanimate objects that serve a role in disease transmission. 3). A vector is an insect, such as a fly, flea, mosquito, or small animal, such as a mouse, rat, or other rodent. A vector is any living nonhuman carrier of disease that transports and serves the process of disease transmission. The vector spreads an infectious agent from an infected human or animal to other susceptible humans or animals through its waste products, bite, body fluids, or indirectly through food contamination.

Epidemiology is useful in assessing and explaining the impact of public health control measures, prevention programs, clinical intervention, and health services on diseases or other factors that impact the health status of a population. 3,4 As a scientific method, epidemiology is used to study patterns of occurrence influencing the factors listed above. The epidemiologist has the task of determining if there has been an increase, or a decrease in these factors over various time periodsdays, weeks, months, years.

Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society, Fifth Edition, Kraus Risk Management in Health Care Institutions: A Strategic Approach, Kavaler/Spiegel Teaching Health Sciences: Elementary and Middle School, Fourth Edition, Neutens, et al. Page iii An Introduction to Epidemiology Second Edition Thomas C. com Jones and Bartlett Publishers Canada 2100 Bloor Street West Suite 6-272 Toronto, ON M6S 5A5 CANADA Jones and Bartlett Publishers International Barb House, Barb Mews London W6 7PA UK Copyright © 1998 by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.

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