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Infectious Diseases Projected To Be No. 1 Killer Worldwide By 2050

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Infectious diseases are disorders caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites, and they are on the rise. 
Conditions range from historically devastating epidemics like influenza and tuberculosis to sexually transmitted diseases to infections that are preventable by vaccine, like chickenpox or measles. 

By 2050, infectious diseases could surpass heart disease as the world’s number one killer and create healthcare costs of at least $100 trillion, according to a leading research institute in San Antonio.

From antimicrobial resistance to the social determinants of health, what factors are playing into current public health trends?

Who's most at risk and what do you need to know to protect yourself and your loved ones?
What's being done to fight the growth and spread of superbugs?


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This interview is available on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
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