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Commentary
July 25, 2001

The AIDS Research ModelImplications for Other Infectious Diseases of Global Health Importance

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 2001;286(4):458-461. doi:10.1001/jama.286.4.458

The evolution of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a global pandemic has heightened awareness of the persistent threat posed by established, emerging, and re-emerging infectious diseases of global health importance.1 Examples of such diseases include resurgent endemic diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, newly recognized conditions such as liver disease due to hepatitis C virus, and diseases such as West Nile fever and dengue, which have appeared in previously uninvolved geographical settings. In addition, endemic conditions such as acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and measles remain leading causes of illness and death worldwide.2

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