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New Report Finds Rising Risk of Infectious Diseases in America
Date:10/29/2008

tate Epidemiologist, Division of Infectious Disease, Maine Department of Health and Human Services. "Epidemics, pandemics and other public health emergencies require a solid public health laboratory diagnostic and epidemiological surveillance system to detect aberrance in disease trends, allowing rapid response and targeted preventive actions to be instituted in a timely fashion."

"We need to improve our capability to protect the American people from emerging infectious diseases, whether naturally occurring or man-made, which includes developing new diagnostics, drugs and vaccines," Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) said. "To help, Congress created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to partner with industry and fund the advanced development of these needed medical countermeasures. I am pleased this new report recommends fully funding BARDA and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure its continued success."

"Antimicrobial resistance undercuts the effectiveness of essential medicines and reverses years of progress made in the treatment of infectious diseases. Left unchecked, antimicrobial resistance is as destructive and deadly as any global health threat," said Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). "That's why I've introduced the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act. By accelerating efforts to combat antimicrobial-resistance, this bill would prevent further erosion in the effectiveness of critical medical treatments. Today's report underscores the need to pass the STAR Act and protect Americans from dangerous superbugs."

"This report by the Trust for America's Health provides a timely warning about the vulnerability of our nation's public health system because of the emergence of infectious diseases, like SARS, Lyme disease and hepatitis C, and the resurgence of measles, mumps and malaria," said Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), Co-founder of the Congressional Global Health Ca
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