Students from around the world visit other countries to study in many disciplines such as medicine, communications and journalism etc… This is noble minded of these students and studying abroad can make the world seem a little smaller. While at the age of the average college student, they also feel immortal and many tend to take risks when away from family and other accountability. This is for the most part harmless in the long run but we would like to give caution to those who are studying medicine at universities around the world, and especially those who’s research will take them to a 2nd or 3rd world country where disease is yet to be conquered.
Going to Africa: The Outbreaks, Pathogens and Antibodies
Many who grew up in places like Nigeria or other African countries can have a tolerance built up within their immune system for many of the airborne or waterborne pathogens prevalently found there. This is a natural selection benefit that has given them the edge to live where they are. When someone from the outside, say a westerner, brings a common cold, they might not be as immune to it as that outsider and may display more severe reactions or symptoms to something that would not ordinarily cause concern for the original host. This is a two-way road. When you decide to study somewhere like Africa, be sure that you fully understand the land where you are going. There are many sicknesses like malaria and dysentery which may be easily caught if precautions are ignored. These are among the more common occurrences. The more severe sicknesses like Ebola and HIV/AIDS are not always thought of as something you can catch as a westerner, but be sure that they are.
Studying with the right equipment for Science and Safety
While you are in the land, be sure to not only pack your necessary reagent supplies, but your personal hygiene gear as well. To get accurate measurements on the pathogens you are studying, it is never worth it to sacrifice your life. Research is going to continue whether you are a part of it or not, and better to have you doing your data collecting and testing while in good health – even if it means remaining on the mainland of your home. Being cautious is never a wrong move, so as you pursue your career in biotechnology and science in order to further the cause of mankind, be sure to preserve yourself. The many exciting journeys that lie ahead of you in research and development may prove to be something the world has never seen, and to that end, if the world ceases to see you, they may never have come to fruition. For PMP digital, have a safe and productive college and science career.