Focus urged on deadly diseases: Resources needed to handle global crisis, group says

October 30, 2008
by Misti Crane
The Columbus Dispatch

Infectious diseases, from deadly drug-resistant staph infections to the re-emergence of measles, are of grave worldwide concern and demand more attention from political and scientific leaders, a national advocacy group said yesterday.

Concerns, including fewer dollars for public health here in the U.S. and weak infrastructure in countries plagued by malaria and tuberculosis, prompted the nonprofit Trust for America's Health to call for a greater focus on infectious disease.

An increasingly mobile society means that diseases in one corner of the world will inevitably find their way elsewhere, said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the group.

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