Emerging Infections & Biothreats

New infections still present a threat to humanity. Novel pathogens often infect humans, but it is not yet well understood why only some pathogens acquire the ability to spread efficiently to other humans. An emerging infectious disease is an infectious disease whose incidence has increased in the past 20 years and could increase in the near future. Emerging infections account for at least 12% of all human pathogens. Public health emergencies caused by infectious threats have the potential to kill thousands or millions of people. These threats can emerge naturally as outbreaks or pandemics, such as influenza (pandemic and seasonal), severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), extremely-drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis.


  • Track 1-1 Determinants of Emergence and Reemergence
  • Track 2-2 Environmental Detection
  • Track 3-3 Bioterrorism & Bioweapons
  • Track 4-4 Biodefense
  • Track 5-5 Biodetection Technologies

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