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Numerous scientific conferences, workshops, other regional, national, and international meetings, and other actions are focusing on emerging infectious disease. Notable actions include: • 1995—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service initiates publication of “Emerging Infectious Diseases,” a scientific journal for tracking and analyzing disease trends. 340 BSE Prion HIV Esq. Mr. 342 The actions noted are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg of current response to emerging infectious disease.

Disease Emergence and Resurgence 33 Index case Reports of West Nile fever Impacts from CWD are most notable in rural areas where deer hunting is a popular activity and are felt by those communities in many ways. • Motels, restaurants, gas stations, and a number of other local businesses in rural areas are quite dependent upon deer hunting to bring business to their community during deer season. • The revenue for a small, rural Wisconsin feed store in an area removed from the CWD focal area fell by tens of thousands of dollars due to the 2002 statewide ban on deer feeding, one of the diseasecontrol actions initiated.

15 An estimated 8,000 birds died during the summer outbreak of 2000, and more than 25,000 during the 2002 epizootic. 16 These epizootics are the largest mortalities recorded for birds due to type E botulism. 17,18 Little is known about the ecology of type E botulism in nature. Fish are susceptible to type E toxin and they may be the source of the toxin killing some fish-eating birds. 1,289–291,337 Thus, there is a foundation of selfinterest involving personal health and economic well being in the current resurgence by the developed nations of the world to increase efforts for addressing infectious disease after decades of neglect.

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