March 18, 2003
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The nation should take decisive steps to fortify its public health system to tackle microbes that trigger infectious diseases such as West Nile encephalitis, AIDS, and tuberculosis, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. In addition, the U.S. government should play a significant role in building the capacity of poor countries to monitor, prevent, and respond to disease outbreaks. In the developing world, infectious diseases kill one in every two people.
Vice President for Biological Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative
Co-Chair, Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats in the 21st Century.