West Nile: Emerging Epidemics in America

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photoThe West Nile virus has spread to the Mississippi and beyond. It shows no signs of stopping. Seven people have died in Louisiana alone.

The disease has exposed weaknesses in America's public health infrastructure. Fixing it will take more than stocking up on mosquito repellant.

This hour, a look at patching America's public health system and protecting the country from emerging infectious diseases.


Dr. Tee Guidotti, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University;

Dr. Erin Brewer, Regional Medical Director for the Louisiana Office of Public Health;

Jack Beatty - On Point News Analyst, Senior Editor at the Atlantic Monthly Magazine

This program aired on August 12, 2002.


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