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IN RECENT lectures on current health threats posed by a broad array of microbes, several infectious disease experts seemed to take a perverse pleasure in exhuming a 1969 quote, in which the surgeon general at that time confidently asserted that the war against infectious diseases had been...
PUBLIC HEALTH experts have long preached that curbing overuse of antibiotics is a crucial element in reversing the alarming increases in drug-resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria. But such preaching seems to have largely fallen on deaf ears, as antibiotic use remains high and rates of...
ALTHOUGH THE time-honored practice of "shoe-leather epidemiology" has a secure place in investigations of mysterious outbreaks of illness, some recently developed molecular techniques are dramatically expanding the capabilities of infectious disease sleuths and revolutionizing infection...
FOR SEVERAL years, infectious disease specialists and public health officials have warned of the onslaught of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. But with little in the way of active, national surveillance, tracking microbial susceptibility patterns has been difficult at best. Now early findings...
AMONG EFFORTS to cope with new and reemerging microbial threats is that of the World Health Organization (WHO), an autonomous unit within the United Nations system with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Last fall, the WHO established a Division of Emerging, Viral, and Bacterial Diseases...
WHILE NEW and exotic viral diseases have occupied much media attention in recent years, among scientists and public health officials a major concern has been to try to deal with one of the oldest viral infections known—influenza.
Influenza, with its ability to cause repeated epidemics of...
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