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By Institute of Medicine, Board on Global Health, Forum on Microbial Threats, Leslie Pray, Stanley Lemon, Adel Mahmoud, Stacey Knobler

Complaints of a discussion board on rising infections, The effect of Globalization on Infectious illness Emergence and keep an eye on: Exploring the results and possibilities, held April 16-17, 2002, in Washington, DC. For clinicians, researchers, and public coverage makers. Softcover. DNLM: Communicable disorder keep watch over - Congresses.

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Now, should a local outbreak spread silently and globally via an infected traveler or tourist, cases will likely start emerging only days or weeks later in clinics and communities worldwide. Human movement has become a process that involves much more than what happens during the trip itself; the impact persists long afterward, particularly with regard to HIV, TB, and other latent infections. In the meantime, the world’s population has grown exponentially and more people have been on the move than ever before, especially during the past decade.

S. citizens travel internationally and then return. Between July 1998 and June 1999, the three New York City area airports experienced nearly five million international arrivals. The most rapid increases in international air travel, however, have been in Africa and the Middle East, places where many new infectious diseases are emerging. Not only do international travelers themselves pose the risk of spreading infectious disease, but the airplanes on which they travel and the cargo that accompanies them also serve as potential sources of vector introduction.

The country is experiencing the emergence and reemergence of multiple infectious disease agents, from hepatitis A virus to HIV and is on the verge of experiencing major epidemics. This crisis has been attributed to the tremendous economic, social, and public health fallout from the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. The pieces have yet to come back together again, and Russian leaders are urgently in need of a new public health paradigm. As the situation in Russia demonstrates, taking full advantage of new global opportunities does not necessarily come easily.

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