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Medical News & Perspectives
April 8, 1998

Emerging Infections on Center Stage at First Major International Meeting

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JAMA. 1998;279(14):1055-1056. doi:10.1001/jama.279.14.1055

FEWER PATIENTS are hospitalized these days and their stays are shorter, but not necessarily sweeter. The likelihood of acquiring a nosocomial infection has sharply increased in the past 2 decades, even as the number of patients admitted to US hospitals and their lengths of stay have dwindled in an era of managed care, according to new findings reported at the first large-scale international meeting on emerging infectious diseases, which convened in Atlanta, Ga, last month.

About 2500 researchers, public health experts, clinicians, and others from all 50 states and more than 70 countries gathered to discuss rising rates of hospital-acquired infections and other trends in emerging and reemerging infections, including new studies on foodborne infections and worries about biological agents intended for terrorist attacks or warfare.

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