2016, Number 3
Rev Mex Patol Clin Med Lab 2016; 63 (3)
Climate change, globalization and their effect on infectious diseases. Is the Ebola fever virus a latent threat?
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ABSTRACTSince 2009, our country has been a target of several epidemics that have alerted to the whole national system of health. Influenza A (H1N1), dengue, chikungunya, and zika have proven to be infections of quick propagation and affectation to the open population, which have exposed the fragility of our isolation and prevention barriers. On the other hand, it is considered that both globalization and climate change are factors that favor «the emergence and reemergence» of this type of infectious diseases, which is undoubtedly a threat if we think of other conditions characterized by a high mortality, like the Ebola hemorrhagic fever. It is important to consider that patients affected by this virus have arrived at the continent, as well as an ever larger group of people who have traveled to areas where the epidemic appeared, without any restrictions or isolation. In the face of this panorama, are we really prepared to confront this potential threat?