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What You Need to Know About Infectious Disease
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What You Need to Know About Infectious Disease

How many people in your life have died of an infectious disease? Almost anyone answering that question before the 20th century would have said, "many."

Vaccinations, antibiotics, and hygiene have changed our lives. But the microbes are changing too. New diseases are emerging, as old ones evolve to resist the drugs that used to kill them. Take a look at the fight.

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