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Emerging Infectious Diseases: Public Health Issues for the 21st Century

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Science  21 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5418, pp. 1311-1313
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5418.1311

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Infectious diseases are the third leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause worldwide. As the new millennium approaches, the public health community must replenish capacity depleted during years of inadequate funding while simultaneously incorporating new technologies and planning for the longer term. Among the challenges facing the public health community is the need for coordinated, global, multisectoral approaches to preventing and controlling complex infectious disease problems.

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