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After reading this chapter you should be able to:
  • define epidemiology and explain how it relates to infectious diseases
  • discuss the statistical parameters used to define and describe various infectious diseases
  • discuss the need to identify the etiologic agent in order to trace the origin and manner of spread of an infectious disease outbreak
  • describe the five epidemiological links in the infectious disease cycle of any epidemic
  • discuss the increase in nosocomial infections in recent years and the consequences of these infections

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