May 20, 1996 in Nation/World

Global Crisis In Diseases Predicted

Compiled From Wire Services

Overuse of medicine, human settlement of uninhabited areas, international travel and poverty have combined to produce a devastating spread of infectious diseases, a new report says.

The report by the World Health Organization warns that the spread of untreatable forms of malaria and tuberculosis and the emergence of killers like AIDS and Ebola threaten to undermine recent advances in health care.

“We are standing on the brink of a global crisis in infectious diseases,” WHO Director-General Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima said.

“The optimism of a relatively few years ago that many of these diseases could be brought under control has led to a fatal complacency. This complacency is now costing millions of lives.”

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