Infectious diseases are spreading more rapidly than ever before, WHO warns

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:418
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    Infectious diseases are spreading around the world faster than ever, says the World Health Organization, and new diseases are emerging at the unprecedented rate of one a year.

    WHO has appealed in its annual world health report for international cooperation to tackle infectious diseases, which it says are a serious threat to public health worldwide. The disease situation is “anything but stable,” the report says.

    Several factors have helped accelerate the spread of diseases around the world: the increasing ease of international travel (each year airlines carry more than two billion passengers), population growth, resistance …

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