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Fas Public Interest Report Journal of the Federation of American Scientists (Fas)

By Solow, Robert M.

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Title: Fas Public Interest Report Journal of the Federation of American Scientists (Fas)  
Author: Solow, Robert M.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
Collections: Government Library Collection
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Publisher: Government Printing Office


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Excerpt: The U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report last year entitled “Emerging Infections: Microbial Threats to Health in the United States.” According to Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg, co-chair of the committee that produced the report, “perhaps [its] most important message [is] that infection knows no national boundaries, and we will pay dearly if we ignore the smoldering of infection anywhere At stake is a level of sickness and death many fold higher than that of the highly publicized accidents of industrial pollution. Yet we continue to neglect the most elementary precautions “ (The Scientist, 12 July 1993). The human race, he reminds us, has prevailed over all its challengers except the pathogenic microbes; in this context, mankind’s survival is not assured, The IOM report pointed out that the United States has no comprehensive national system for detecting outbreaks of infectious disease. (And until the FAS project began, there had been no recent effort to develop and implement a global program of surveillance for emerging diseases. )...

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