OPEN: Strengthening Rural States’ Capacity to Prepare for and Respond to Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2013–2015
AbstractBecause clinicians may be the first to encounter cases of emerging infectious diseases, they need to be able to work together with public health departments to quickly identify and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. Infectious diseases are a constant threat in many parts of the United States, including rural areas. For example, from 2004 to 2016 reports of diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites—which are known to affect rural areas—have tripled in the United States.1
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