Feb 16, 2011
New York is Ground Zero for Exotic Infectious Diseases
Reporter Anemona Hartocollis writes in The New York Times that due to extensive tourism and immigration, New York City tends to be a place where infectious disease-related cases such as cholera, leprosy, plague and others tend to be seen by epidemiologists and public health experts.
As Hartocollis writes, "When New York City’s health department revealed last weekend that three people had contracted cholera, it was a reminder that the city is not just a world capital of arts, business and the like — but also of exotic diseases. If a disease has cropped up in the world, there is a good chance it will eventually find its way to New York City through the diverse travelers who cross the city’s borders."
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