BioScience Trends. 2013;7(5):257-258. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2013.v7.5.257)

Combat with emerging infectious diseases: Clinicians should do better.



In the spring of 2013, an emerging infectious disease emerged in China, 132 cases of human were infected with the H7N9 avian influenza virus, 39 cases were resulted in death within 3 month, which sparked a global concern about public health. Many reports have been published about this disease, including clinical characteristics and genomic information. However, more emerging infectious disease may infect human in the future. Confronted with the escalating scale of compounding probabilities, physicians or clinicians as the first line that meet patients who suffering from emerging infectious disease, we should do better by using our intellect and strong will to carry out public health measures, biomedical research, and technological advances.

KEYWORDS: Infectious diseases, avian influenza, genomics, pathogen

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