Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge

  title={Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge},
  author={Anthony S. Fauci},
  journal={Academic Medicine},
  • A. Fauci
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Medicine
  • Academic Medicine
Public health officials once suggested that it might someday be possible to “close the book” on the study and treatment of infectious diseases. However, it is now clear that endemic diseases as well as newly emerging ones (e.g., severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS]), reemerging ones (e.g., West Nile virus), and even deliberately disseminated infectious diseases (e.g., anthrax from bioterrorism) continue to pose a substantial threat throughout the world. Over the past several decades, the… 

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