Emerging Infectious Disease

∞ generated and posted on 2015.12.29 ∞

Microorganism-caused maladies that are only recently recognized as potentially substantially problematic.

Emerging Infectious Diseases are worrisome especially because we don't know enough about them and/or because we don't understand well enough how to control them.

Emerging infectious diseases can either be substantially new to medicine or, alternatively, represent new strains of pathogens that, for example, we don't yet possess vaccines against. Among emerging infectious diseases are various zoonoses as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. See also the general concept of infectious disease.