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Medical News & Perspectives
April 24, 2002

Researchers Wrestle With Spread and Control of Emerging Infections

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JAMA. 2002;287(16):2061-2063. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2061

Atlanta—The aftershocks of a seismic event in the infectious diseases community—the use of anthrax as a biological weapon—continue to reverberate. But bioterrorism is but a small component of the field of emerging infections, and researchers presenting new findings here at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases reported developments on a number of fronts.

HIV is sweeping through the northwestern region of Russia, according to new findings reported here by researchers from Norway and the Russian Federation, and the unfolding epidemic is causing alarm among public health experts.