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Environmental Health Resources
Infectious Diseases & Epidemics

This page contains electronic materials published by various institutions, which can be used as teaching resources. Some of the resources are general and some others specific to subjects presented in each PULSE unit.

For Teachers & Students

National Federation for Infectious Diseases http://www.nfid.org/info/ is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501c3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment and prevention, and clinical updates of infectious diseases. To view the files below you will need Adobe Reader. Click to download Adobe Reader
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
The NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. Read More.

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Vaccine Safety
The Public Health Seattle & King County has useful resources on approval of vaccines and monitoring vaccine safety. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a cooperative program for vaccine safety of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of US licensed vaccines. There are useful materials and information in the Health Educators Toolbox for health educators organized by topic that you can download and customize for your teaching and training needs, such as Public Health Resources for Schools PDF file of  Public Health Resources For  School and an online video library.

Many of the articles in Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) can provide background material in the area of epidemiology and disease control:

  • Nitrite Inhalants: History, Epidemiology, and Possible Links to AIDS
  • Biological Warfare Agents as Threats to Potable Water
  • Disease Transmission Models for Public Health Decision Making: Analysis of Epidemic and Endemic Conditions Caused by Waterborne Pathogens HTML / PDF
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    The American Society for Microbiology's MicrobeLibrary is a a permanent collection of over 1500 original peer-reviewed microbiology resources on teaching and learning materials focused at the undergraduate level. You can browse and search the entire collection online.Information is available on 2007 Membership Rates where you are given certain priviledges.

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    The new and improved MicrobeWorld website from the American Society for Microbiology has many updated features including daily podcasts from MicrobeWorld Radio and an RSS feed that links to the latest microbe-related news on the Internet. New to MicrobeWorld is a resources section for educators, parents, and students that includes experiments, lesson plans and tools for microbiology education.

    National Association of Biology Teachers
    Check out the resources on instructional materials and commercial biology links . Contributions to American Biology Teacher are welcome.

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    Science mysteries such as "The Blackout Syndrome" integrate science learning within an exciting narrative. They have wide appeal and are thus well-suited to be a class activity.

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    Contents on this webpage were developed by Stephanie Nardei Outreach Information Specialist, Center of Toxicology, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, University of Arizona.

    PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:

    NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
    The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award


    Supported by NIEHS grant # ES06694

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