Experts predict next epidemic will start in animals

October 21, 2008
by Steve Sternberg
USA Today

A report by the non-profit Trust for America's Health, to be released next week, asserts that infectious diseases from the developing world are anything but "a back-burner concern."

The report, "Germs Go Global: Why Emerging Infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America," cites National Intelligence Estimates that conclude outbreaks of new and resurgent infectious diseases, many of which "originate overseas," kill more than 170,000 people in the USA each year.

The death toll would climb much higher in the event of a new global pandemic or bioterror attack. Infectious diseases, the report concludes, have become "a matter of national security."

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