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US public health service needs strengthening to fight infectious disease

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:680
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    Infectious diseases are a global threat, and the United States should take the lead in addressing it, says a new report from the US Institute of Medicine. Such an initiative would mean that the United States would have to strengthen its public health service, the report says, and to help other nations monitor and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, including enhancing global disease surveillance.

    “Infectious diseases continue to burden populations around the world. Both natural infections and the possibility of a bioterrorist attack hold increasing potential to cause disease, disability, and death,” said Dr Margaret Hamburg, co-chairperson of the committee that prepared the report. Dr Hamburg is vice president …

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