U.S. still vulnerable to threat of infectious disease

October 30, 2008
by Emily Bregel
The Chattanooga Times Free Press

Factors such as globalization, overuse of antibiotics and the threat of terrorism are contributing to the potential for spread of virulent strains of disease, but America's public health system also remains vulnerable to infectious diseases such as SARS and pandemic influenza, according to a new report.

"What we found in this report is that Americans are more vulnerable than we think we are and that our public health defenses are not as strong as they should be," Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, said in a conference call Wednesday.

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