PHS 795 student Kerry Zimdars writes:
This article is about an outbreak of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease that was just identified on the Florida State University campus. It’s a bit unique as this is an infection seen more often in children. However, the recent environmental condition changes caused by the hurricane may help explain why we are now seeing this outbreak amongst a less common demographic. Not only is the physical environment involved but also the social environment–for example, people being crowded together at home making transmission easier. It ties into our discussion of the interacting and complex nature of the determinants and factors of health.
So, here’s a question for you all. Given what we have learned about the importance of interactions between individual and environmental factors, what kind of interventions should FSU consider to get this under control? How might other schools have plans in place to prevent outbreaks?