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Recorded outbreaks, unique diseases increased since 1980

October 31, 2014

The number of recorded outbreaks and unique diseases around the world seems to have increased since 1980 whereas per capita cases declined, according to recently published data.

Katherine F. Smith, PhD, of Brown University, and colleagues analyzed infectious disease outbreak data stored in the Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network from 1980 to 2013. Along with the number of outbreaks and diseases, they examined per capita cases and disease diversity, defined as a combination number of unique diseases and outbreak evenness.

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