Emerging pathogens with pandemic potential are a growing threat to human health throughout the world, including in the United States. Zoonotic and arthropod-borne infections have caused unprecedented epidemics and pandemics, exemplified by the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak. We must acknowledge a new reality for pediatric health care professionals who must consider travel and other exposures when evaluating patients and, therefore, include in their differential diagnosis diseases such as Ebola virus, Zika virus, Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Enterovirus D68, and measles, to name a few.
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