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are there many infectious diseases in emerging countries?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
It's Inevitable!: In emerging countries, the encroachment of civilization into virgin forest will displace many animals and other organisms that may become a new disease. Alternatively, genetic reassortment of species- specific microbes will enable them to infect us or else, cause them to become virulent when they were once benign.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Emerging infections: Yes, there are always new infectious diseases appearing somewhere in the world -that's partly what makes the field so exciting. Germs are mutating, adapting to new environments.. plus with our continuing encroachment on the environment -cutting down rain forests etc -the chance for new germs to come forward is always there. Here in the U.S. we're relatively safe. Good to get vaccines up-dated tho.

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