Infectious Disease Outreach: West Nile Virus, Smallpox and Other

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This collection contains outreach resources and other materials developed and/or compiled by the Recycling Ag Plastics Project (RAPP), a Cornell-based collaborative promoting life-cycle stewardship of agricultural plastics.

More information is available at an archived version of Dr. Levitan's Cornell web page.


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    Biology & Community Intertwined: Example of Smallpox
    Levitan, Lois (Presented at the Symposium Role and Responsibilities of the Land Grant System in Building Community Strengths to Address Biohazards, Cornell University, 2003-09-08)
    This presentation opened a two-day symposium held at Cornell University in September 2003 to explore how biological and social factors are intertwined in the development of and response to environmental and health risks. The presentation explores the roles of biophysical and social factors in the construction of risk and the assessment of risk issues. It looks at how cross-disciplinary bridges, networks and communication between biologists and physical scientists, on the one hand, and social scientists, on the other, can be strengthened to carry out the outreach and research missions of the Land Grant Universities. The disease smallpox is used as the case example because the fear and reality of smallpox has affected and been affected by the course of wars, economic power, political dominance and subjugation, civil liberties, social cohesion, trust, mental health, and the quality of life in families and communities. Biological and social factors have been intertwined throughout history in setting and responding to the course of this disease.
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    Smallpox—The Disease & Vaccine. A “Guide to Issues” for CCE Educators
    Levitan, Lois; Miller, Sara (2003-10)
    Since 1979, when a worldwide campaign succeeded in eradicating the pox, there have been no natural cases of smallpox. In recent decades children have not been vaccinated against smallpox and the immunity of adults vaccinated as children has likely worn off. However, because of its potential as a weapon of bioterrorism, smallpox has again become a topic of government and media interest and—for some—a public concern. An abundance of social and health-related issues are raised by threat of the disease and also by risks associated with its vaccine. Information is presented in large poster format.