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Int Q Community Health Educ. 2006-2007;26(3):307-17.

Eco-epidemiology as anti-terrorism.

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School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, George Mason University, Virginia 20110, USA. emiller@gmu.edu

Abstract

Eco-epidemiology is a promising model for cross-disciplinary anti-terrorism. Derived from epidemiology's dominance of agents to illness and injury, the eco-epidemiological paradigm considers natural systems that generate causal pathways to disease and dynamic morbidity. Within this model is a hierarchy of systems interconnecting at biological, human, and social levels. Eco-epidemiology capitalizes on interacting components within and between system levels to identify contact patterns and apply mechanisms of control. Considering the complex and paradoxical nature of the threat-fear dynamic, a systematic, ecological approach would be more adaptive to terrorism's changing rules of engagement. To counter terrorism and nullify threat-fear, eco-epidemiology must be shared by public health researchers with threat assessment and harm reduction disciplines.

PMID:
17827097
DOI:
10.2190/IQ.26.3.g
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