Regional Differences in Pathogen Prevalence and Defensive Reactions to the “Swine Flu” Outbreak among East Asians and Westerners
MetadataShow full item record
Research has found that contagion-minimizing behavioral tendencies are amplified in pathogen-prevalent regions. We investigated whether reactions to the “swine flu” outbreak of 2009 were stronger among East Asians than Westerners, populations residing in regions that now enjoy comparable advances in healthcare but that are characterized by relatively high and low historical pathogen prevalence, respectively. In a survey, East Asians reported greater concerns about infection, especially from foreigners. Analyses of international air travel data around the time of the outbreak provided corroborating evidence: Immediately following the outbreak, airports in the Asia–Pacific region lost more international traffic relative to their Western counterparts, and East Asian airlines reported greater declines in international traffic compared to Western airlines. These differences are unlikely to reflect objective threat posed by swine flu (whose casualties were concentrated in the Americas); rather, they appear to reflect culturally adapted behavioral patterns forged and sustained by regionally variable levels of pathogen prevalence.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Comparison between Nasal Swabs and Nasopharyngeal Aspirates for, and Effect of Time in Transit on, Isolation of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalisCarville, K.; Bowman, J.; Lehmann, Deborah; Riley, T. (2007)pmc logo image Logo of jcm Note: Performing your original search, comparison nasal swabs lehmann, in PubMed Central will retrieve 7 citations. Journal List > J Clin Microbiol > v.45(1); Jan 2007 Abstract ...
Analysis of multiple Brachyspira hyodysenteriae genomes confirms that the species is relatively conserved but has potentially important strain variationBlack, M.; Moolhuijzen, Paula; Barrero, R.; La, T.; Phillips, N.; Hampson, D.; Herbst, W.; Barth, S.; Bellgard, M. (2015)The intestinal spirochete Brachyspira hyodysenteriae is an important pathogen in swine, causing mucohemorrhagic colitis in a disease known as swine dysentery. Based on the detection of significant linkage disequilibrium ...
Increased EMRSA-15 health-care worker colonization demonstrated in retrospective review of EMRSA hospital outbreaksHart, J.; Christiansen, Keryn; Lee, R.; Heath, C.; Coombs, Geoffrey; Robinson, James (2014)Background:Health care worker (HCW) colonization with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a documented cause of hospital outbreaks and contributes to ongoing transmission. At Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) ...