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Dire warning for U.S.: Infectious diseases pose serious threat

October 30, 2008
Orlando Sentinel

America is woefully unprepared for the risk from known infectious diseases -- let alone emerging problems such as avian flu, health experts warned Wednesday.

"Infectious diseases are undergoing a global resurgence that threatens everyone's health," says the 40-page report from Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit group that promotes disease-prevention policies.

Problem

Infectious diseases kill millions worldwide every year, including 170,000 Americans. They are the leading cause of death in children and adolescents around the globe. Top killers are respiratory infections, HIV and diarrheal diseases.

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