How to Join
Members of an ISAC Member Society are eligible to join any of our Working Groups. If you are a member and would like to join this group, please contact Fee Johnstone, ISAC Executive Assistant at email@example.com.
Aims and Objectives
There are very little data and no prospective research possible in the field of disaster medicine, including infectious diseases. “Unpredictability” is an inherent element of a disaster situation. After World War II, the illusion of world peace disappeared five years later with the Korean War when, for the first time, biological weapons were officially used on insects and rats infected with bubonic plague. Thus, both anthropogenic and natural disasters belong to everyday life. Medical conditions related to these unexpected events are different:
- Affects masses of patients (population)
- Appear unexpectedly
- Public and health sectors are unprepared
Medical consequences of disasters are i) immediate, ii) consequential or iii) late and may be apparent or latent (1,2). Infectious diseases belong to ii) and iii). For further information, click here.
The aims of the Working Group are:
- Investigate infectious disease (surveillance), antibiotic practices and resistance development in areas of natural disasters, catastrophes and conflicts
- Summarize results of data on infectious disease, etiology and antimicrobial resistance from affected areas, respond with control measures
- Educate doctors, nurses and MPHs to prepare on epidemics in areas of disasters