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information site on infectious disease?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Cdc: <www.Cdc.Gov> is an excellent site for infectious diseases. Additionally, the program for monitoring emerging diseases <www.Promedmail.Org> is a good place to follow outbreaks all over the world.
Dr. Donice Libby
Infectious Disease 19 years experience
Differ by disease: The best site depends upon what you are looking for. For information regarding HIV- try HIVMA or AIDS.org. For fungal infections- doctor fungus.org; For food borne and travel related infections- CDC.org. In general, the Mayo Clinic, IDSA and WebMD sites provide reputable information to patients and providers.

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