The U.S. and 26 other countries have begun a new effort to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe, according to NBC News.
The Global Health Security Agenda will bolster local disease monitoring, develop tests for different pathogens and help regions create and strengthen systems to report and respond to public health emergencies.
Currently, over 80 percent of countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries.
Infectious diseases continue to be a growing concern with a new type of bird flu reported in China, a mysterious and deadly respiratory virus emerging in the Middle East, and the first appearance of a mosquito-borne virus in the Caribbean in the past year alone.
Germs “do not recognize or stop at national borders,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “A threat anywhere is indeed a threat everywhere.” Read the full story here:
All countries must work together to stop the spread of infectious diseases. A threat to one country represents a threat to all.
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