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By Thomas Voss Thomas Voss at 9:11 AM PDT, Wed Jul 20, 2016

As the news headlines tell us daily, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are a growing threat. Viruses such as Zika, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and yellow fever are causing illness and significant concern around the globe.

There are many causes for the emergence and spread of these diseases: commercial air travel (which provides fast and free cross-continental transportation for any microbe), global trade, urbanization, unchecked population growth and climate change. Addressing any of these challenges is a long-term endeavor at best – and in some cases an impossibility.

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