Communicable diseases such as malaria, measles and influenza, are a serious risk to human health, and contribute to about one third of all deaths globally. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS have devastated communities and new diseases such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis have the potential to inflict great damage to society. Communicable Diseases in Southern Africa is about recognizing, treating and controlling communicable diseases in a Southern African context. It offers health care students, professionals and laypeople a sound up-to-date, yet accessible, exposition of these topics.
Part 1 shows how the agent, host and environment have to be “in sync” for someone to be infected with a communicable disease. Part 2 focuses of treatment and management of viral diseases, bacterial diseases, parasitic infections, fungal infections and then goes on to detail the disease profiles of more than 50 diseases.