Infectious disease outbreaks pose ongoing threats to health: US, global systems urged to take action

From multistate outbreaks of diseases such as measles among U.S. kids, to the deadly impact of Ebola in West Africa, infectious disease outbreaks pose an ongoing threat to human health. Unfortunately, gaps remain in protecting populations in the U.S. and beyond from those risks, according to experts.
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