The Changing Disease-Scape in the Third Epidemiological Transition

Harper, Kristin; Armelagos, George

The epidemiological transition model describes the changing relationship between humans and their diseases. The first transition occurred with the shift to agriculture about 10,000 YBP, resulting in a pattern of infectious and nutritional diseases still evident today. In the last two centuries, some populations have undergone a second transition, characterized by a decline in infectious disease and rise in degenerative disease. We are now in the throes of a third epidemiological transition, in which a resurgence of familiar infections is accompanied by an array of novel diseases, all of which have the potential to spread rapidly due to globalization.


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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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Molecular Diversity Preservation International
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February 27, 2014