Emerging Infectious Diseases — Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future

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Emerging Infectious Diseases — Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future

Remarkable progress has been made in preventing deaths from infectious diseases. Now, attention could shift to focusing more resources on pandemic preparedness, including detecting and containing emerging zoonotic threats while they are localized and manageable.

Since the start of the 20th century, there have  been substantial reductions in deaths from infectious diseases in high-income countries. In the United States, infectious disease mortality fell  from about 800 per 100,00 people in 1900 (accounting for nearly 50% of all deaths) to 50 percent 100 people in 1950 (account- ing for about 6% of deaths).

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Source: NEJM Group