A Wave of Resurgent Epidemics Has Hit the U.S.

Resurgent outbreaks of infectious diseases are sickening thousands, and the causes are societal


IN BRIEF:

  • Rising rates of hepatitis A, Legionnaires’ disease and other scourges carried by viruses, bacteria and parasites are scarring U.S. cities.

  • Infectious diseases, once thought to be on the wane, are making a comeback, driven by widening economic inequality and microbe-vulnerable buildings.

  • Not only the poor but the well off are at risk, as disease transmission crosses lines of health and wealth.


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