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‘Excellent Health Care, Proper Surveillance’ Vital To Protecting Cities From Disease Outbreaks

The Guardian: Sick cities: how to beat pandemics that spread like we live in one big metropolis
Guardian health editor Sarah Boseley examines the spread of disease within big cities, noting that “[f]rom bubonic plague in the middle ages to bird flu or SARS in the 21st century, infectious diseases have spread horrifyingly fast in cities, where people live in close proximity and sometimes crowded together.” She argues that good sanitation, “excellent health care, and proper surveillance are vital in protecting cities even as they become more interconnected and vulnerable than ever before” (2/26).

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