Disease deemed LV threat

June 7, 2007
by Benjamin Spillman
Las Vegas Review Journal

The second report published in March and focused on Nevada and the United States as a whole. The report by the Trust For America's Health, stated Nevada stands to lose more than any other state in a pandemic. The state's dependence on tourism would cost it more than 8 percent of its economy in a pandemic. That translates to a loss of $9 billion from Nevada's gross domestic product, almost as much money as the combined win of every casino in Clark County last year. Jeff Levi, director of the group that did the national report, said the recent tuberculosis incident highlights how easy global travel that makes places like Las Vegas successful also contributes to the risk of uncontrolled spread of disease.

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