Widespread Outbreaks of a Subtle Condition Leading to Hospitalisation and DeathRodney P Jones*
Healthcare Analysis & Forecasting, Honister Walk, Camberley, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rodney P Jones
Healthcare Analysis & Forecasting
Honister Walk, Camberley, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 22, 2013; Accepted date: September 20, 2013; Published date: September 23, 2013
Citation: Jones RP (2013) Widespread Outbreaks of a Subtle Condition Leading to Hospitalisation and Death. Epidemiol 3:137. doi:10.4172/2161-1165.1000137
Copyright: © 2013 Jones RP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Long-term cycles in healthcare costs, medical admissions, hospital bed occupancy coupled with periods of increased deaths can be discerned in western health care systems for which there has never been an adequate explanation. A new type of immune-based infectious outbreak, operating via one of the many ubiquitous and persistent viruses appears to be occurring. Given the general difficulty of reaching a definitive diagnosis in the largely elderly population presenting to both primary and secondary care in western countries has led to these outbreaks remaining largely unrecognised. It is tentatively proposed that the ubiquitous herpes virus Cytomegalovirus (CMV) could be implicated in the observed long-term patterns of deaths, hospitalisation and wider costs.