Hazardous Waste and Vector-Borne Disease. The Silent Trade

There are many factors and vectors that are medium or precursor in the transport and spread of diseases, health outcomes or conditions. More importantly, human beings are not just victims to the health outcomes but also a facilitator to the problem. Technically, there are many disease conditions that result from human activity or contamination of the environment. In fact, contamination or exposure to human activity in the environment ranges from radionuclide contamination, biological-pathogens, infectious diseases etc to chronic disease precursors. Currently, one of the most destructive priority area of human activity in the spread of disease is the idea of “Silent Trade”. Silent trade is the secretly negotiated or non-negotiated exportation of solid waste including hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries for disposal (Moeller, 2011). This idea basically assumes that developing countries are “warehouses of neglect” and perhaps that lives living in these “warehouses” are not worth protecting.

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