Why Americans remain vulnerable to infectious diseases

Vector-borne diseases have also risen since 1980, with the arrival of more diseases spread via insects, including West Nile virus. Though deaths from West Nile virus – which is symptomless in 80% of those infected but can result in a fatal neurological disease – are small at just 0.03 per 100,000 in 2014, the increase from zero shows the potential for new diseases to establish themselves. It focuses only on people dying from infectious diseases, not the numbers that become infected and suffer symptoms. However, it’s a reminder of what infectious disease look like and where are risks are.

Why Americans remain vulnerable to infectious diseases