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Requirements Last Revised: 9/1/96 Public Health - Page 1 of 6
Merit Badge Requirements
1) Visit your city, county, or state public health agency. Prepare an outline of the agency's various services and:
A) Explain them briefly to your counselor.
B) Explain how these services affect you.
C) Identify the four leading causes of death (mortality) in your community for any of the past five years. Compare these with
the four leading causes of hospital admissions (morbidity) in your community. Find out how the public health agency you
visited is involved in trying to reduce both the mortality and morbidity of these leading causes of illness and disability.
2) Explain how the following diseases are contracted: tetanus, influenza, syphilis, hepatitis, emphysema, AIDS, encephalitis,
meningitis, salmonellosis, Lyme disease, herpes, and lead poisoning.
3) Do the following:
A) Explain the meaning of immunization.
B) Name five diseases against which a young child should be immunized.
C) Name two diseases against which you should be reimmunized periodically.
4) Visit a restaurant or other commercial food service facility and observe food preparation, handling, and storage. Interview a food
service inspector and explain:
A) How foods can become contaminated.
B) What conditions allow microorganisms to increase in number in food.
C) How microorganisms in food can be killed.
D) How dishes and utensils should be washed in camp and at home.
5) Do the following:
A) Show two ways of making water safe to drink under camping conditions.
B) Visit a water treatment facility and describe the steps used in making public drinking water safe; OR visit the drinking-
water quality-control agency in your community. Describe how wate