Population Mobility and Infectious Disease

  • Yorghos Apostolopoulos
  • Sevil Sönmez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Demographic and Epidemiological Perspectives of Human Movement

    1. Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez
      Pages 1-16
  3. Key Themes Pertinent to Migration, Health, and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Elizabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou
      Pages 41-54
  4. Labor Induced Migration and Disease Diffusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 74-74
    2. Mark N. Lurie
      Pages 75-91
    3. Straut J. Kingma, Rodger D. Yeager
      Pages 93-111
    4. Natalya Timoshkina, Anthony P. Lombardo, Lynn Mcdonald
      Pages 113-130
    5. Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Sevil Sönmez
      Pages 131-156
  5. Forced Migration: A Public Health Catastrophe

  6. Leisure Migration and Health Concerns: A Paradox or Inevitability?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 198-198
    2. Eugenia Wickens, Sevil Sönmez
      Pages 199-214
    3. Eugenia Wickens, Sevil Sönmez, Yorghos Apostolopoulos
      Pages 215-241
    4. Henry G. Mwambi, Khangelani Zuma
      Pages 244-266
    5. Brain D. Gushulak, Douglas W. Macpherson
      Pages 283-300
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-319

About this book


Population Mobility and Infectious Disease

Edited by

Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Emory University School of Medicine, USA

Sevil Sonmez, Cyprus College, Cyprus

Population Mobility and Infectious Disease moves beyond traditional behavioral and demographic theories of disease diffusion to focus on larger issues of social ecology and public health. With depth rarely seen in the international literature, it explores the complex and varied roles of mobile, transient, and displaced populations in the worldwide spread of airborne, waterborne, and sexually transmitted infections.

The book argues that while biomedical events cause disease, social forces such as poverty and marginalization magnify them by giving them new opportunities to take hold. Population mobility—either voluntary or forced—brings contact between populations with different disease prevalence rates; outbreaks in turn are compounded by inequalities in access to medical care. From Katrina to Darfur, and from influenza to AIDS, an expert panel of health and social scientists bring the socioeconomic context of epidemics into clear focus.

-Historical perspectives on migration, development, and epidemics

-Social resources and health barriers among migrant groups

-The role of mobile labor populations (e.g., migrant workers, truckers, the military) in disease transmission

-War, refugees, resettlement: health effects on the world scale

-Natural disasters and climate change: their local and global disease impact

-Leisure travel and health risks, from spring-break binges to commercial sex tourism

-Methodological and design issues confronting researchers

-The politics of prevention: ethical concerns in migration-related illness

The unique scope of this book makes it as timely as the next health crisis and relevant to a gamut of interrelated fields, including public and international health, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, human rights, and development and planning. By expanding concepts, examining trends, and pinpointing areas for intervention, it is a critical resource for the academic, research, practice, and policy sectors.


AIDS Public Health Radiologieinformationssystem computerassistierte Detektion epidemics epidemiological epidemiology health human rights migration population prevention psychology sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Yorghos Apostolopoulos
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sevil Sönmez
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health in association with Harvard School of Public HealthCyprus
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious DiseasesAssociate Clinical Professor of Social Epidemiology, Emory University School of MedicineCyprus
  3. 3.Cyprus CollegeCyprus
  4. 4.Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious DiseasesDivision of Infectious DiseasesAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-47667-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-49711-2
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