Saw The Movie? Now Fund The Scientists

When the American public spends in one weekend twice as much on a movie about an exotic lethal virus as it allocates all year to real-life outbreak-fighting public-health scientists, something is out of whack. The take-home lesson from the best-seller The Hot Zone and the movie Outbreak is that, biologically speaking, we live in one small world. Dangerous infectious agents such as Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa are never more than a plane ride away from American soil. HIV was once an undiscovered African virus.

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