here in new england, there has been significant media coverage of the uptick in west nile cases, and legionella outbreak in new hampshire. (to be clear, west nile virus and legionella are unrelated. west nile is transmitted by mosquitos, and legionella is transmitted by water).
to me, the media attention to west nile and legionella points to the importance of infectious diseases and public health. but it’s always an uphill battle. why do we struggle to recruit internal medicine residents into the subspecialty of infectious diseases, when it is so fascinating and important? why is global public health underfunded?
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