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Volume 3, Number 4—December 1997

Special Issue

Infectious Disease as an Evolutionary Paradigm

Joshua Lederberg
Author affiliation: Sackler Foundation Scholar, Rockefeller University, New York, New York, USA

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Table 5

CISET* recommendations for addressing global infectious disease threats

     1. Concerted global and domestic surveillance and diagnosis of disease outbreaks and endemic occurrence. This must entail the installation of sophisticated laboratory capabilities at many centers now lacking them.
     2. Vector management and monitoring and enforcement of safe water and food supplies; and personal hygiene (e.g., Operation Clean Hands).
     3. Public and professional education.
     4. Scientific research on causes of disease, pathogenic mechanisms, bodily defenses, vaccines, and antibiotics.
     5. Cultivation of the technical fruits of such research, with the full involvement of the pharmaceutical industry and a public understanding of the regulatory and incentive structures needed to optimize the outcomes.

*Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology Policy of the National Science and Technology Council.

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