Author Affiliation: US Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health.
AS WITH THE ECONOMY,
HEALTH HAS BECOME increasingly global. Never before has
the health of the world's people been more interdependent and
vital to American medicine and public health. The movement of 2
million people each day across national borders and the growth of
international trade are inevitably associated with transfers of health
risks, including infectious diseases, contaminated foodstuffs,
terrorism, and toxic substances, be they legal or illegal.1
Owing to the ease of rapid international travel, emerging and
drug-resistant infectious diseases in one country may pose a threat to
the health and economies of all countries.2
Satcher D. Global Health at the Crossroads: Surgeon General's Report on the 50th World Health Assembly. JAMA. 1999;281(10):942–943. doi:10.1001/jama.281.10.942
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