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Emerging Infectious Diseases

Given the global, interconnected world, emerging infectious diseases can spread very quickly around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infectious disease whose incidence in humans has increased in the past 2 decades or threatens to increase in the near future have been defined as "emerging." These diseases, which respect no national boundaries, include

  • New infections resulting from changes or evolution of existing organisms
  • Known infections spreading to new geographic areas or populations
  • Previously unrecognized infections appearing in areas undergoing ecologic transformation
  • Old infections reemerging as a result of antimicrobial resistance in known agents or breakdowns in public health measures.

Given the challenges when approaching emerging infectious diseases, the Global Business Group on Health connects members with available resources and outside experts (e.g., CDC) as well as benchmarking opportunities with other employers.

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Featured Resources

CDC Zika Virus Status Report for the U.S. and Globally CDC Zika Virus Status Report for the U.S. and Globally
CDC discussed the risk from Zika virus in the U.S. and globally and its potential business impact.

Employer Resources - Zika Virus Employer Resources - Zika Virus
Outlines assembled recommendations about the potential legal obligations and responsibilities of U.S. employers as relates to the Zika virus outbreak.

Employer Resources - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Outbreak Employer Resources - Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Outbreak
Provides employers information and resources to use when addressing the MERS outbreak.

 

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