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Infectious Disease Threats, As We Enter the New Century: What Can we Do?: Congressional Briefing   [open pdf - 0B]

Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and the third leading cause of death in the United States. As the new century begins we are challenged by newly emerging infections and the decreasing effectiveness of our antibiotic arsenal. On June 21, 1999 the American Society for Microbiology held a special briefing in the Senate Hart Office Building. During the briefing, five scientific experts from both the public and private sectors outlined a number of the key infectious disease issues we are facing and suggested some of the critical steps that will be required to deal with those challenges during the century that lies ahead. This report includes the content discussed in the briefing.

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