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The Potential Impact of Border Security Upon Prevalence of Infectious Disease

  • Christiana R. Dallas (a1), Curtis H. Harris (a1) and Cham E. Dallas (a1)


In the U.S., migration has been documented to affect the prevalence of infectious disease. As a mitigation entity, border security has been recorded by numerous scholarly works as being essential to the support of the health of the U.S. population. Consequently, the lack of current health care monitoring of the permeable U.S. border places the U.S. population at risk in the broad sectors of infectious disease and interpersonal violence. Visualizing border security in the context of public health mitigation has significant potential to protect migrant health as well as that of all populations on both sides of the border. Examples of how commonly this philosophy is held can be found in the expansive use of security-focused terms regarding public health. Using tools such as GIS to screen for disease in people before their entrance into a nation would be more efficient and ethical than treating patients once they have entered a population and increased the impact on the healthcare system. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;12:554–562)


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The Potential Impact of Border Security Upon Prevalence of Infectious Disease

  • Christiana R. Dallas (a1), Curtis H. Harris (a1) and Cham E. Dallas (a1)


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