|Description:||This is a view of the Sultan Hassan Mosque and madrasa (school) in Cairo, Egypt as seen from the famed Alabaster Mosque. Construction of the Sultan Hassan Mosque was begun in 1356 and completed six years later. It was a very large mosque for its time, spanning 150 meters and having approximately 7,900 square meters of indoor space. It is considered by many to be the most outstanding Islamic monument in Egypt.|
Designed by a Greek architect, the Alabaster Mosque (officially the Mohammed Ali Mosque) was finished in 1857. It is representative of the “Ottoman Style”, and is the resting place of Mohammed Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt, and founder of the country’s last dynasty. Cairo, Egypt is a popular tourist destination for Westerners, as well as the entry point to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Tourists would do well, however, to be mindful of the potential health hazards associated with travel to any destination, foreign or domestic.
Improvements in transportation and communication have linked people around the world as never before. Rising levels of affluence have meant that people from all over the world now travel with greater frequency. To address health issues associated with travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for U.S. travelers on how to avoid illness while away from home. A greater problem is that of globalization’s effect on infectious disease transmission. Health problems can no longer be thought of as “local.” CDC’s “PulseNet” is one effort used to monitor laboratory gel patterns to quickly identify dispersed domestic and international outbreaks of infectious disease.