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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 27, 2018

Global Outbreaks Threaten US Economy

JAMA. 2018;319(12):1191. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.2595

An infectious disease outbreak in Southeast Asia could cost the US economy up to $40 billion in export revenue and put almost 1.4 million US jobs at risk, according to estimates in a recent article published by CDC experts.

“The results of this hypothetical scenario show that the US economy is better protected when public health threats are quickly identified and contained,” said Rebecca Martin, PhD, director, CDC’s Center for Global Health.