HHS Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2007–2012 (Strategic Plan). Strategic Objective 2.1: Prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

11/22/2015

Although modern advances have conquered some diseases, infectious diseases continue to threaten the Nation’s health. Outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), avian influenza, West Nile Virus, and monkeypox are recent reminders of the extraordinary ability of microbes to adapt and evolve to infect humans. Earlier predictions of the elimination of infectious diseases often did not take into account changes in demographics, migration patterns, and human behaviors, as well as the ability of microbes to adapt, evolve, and develop resistance to drugs. Infectious disease can have significant medical and economic consequences. Addressing foodborne illnesses, vectorborne pathogens, viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, and a possible influenza pandemic is a significant priority for HHS. Although these diseases affect all Americans, many often hit hardest the most vulnerable populations—the low-income population, minorities, children and youth, immigrants, persons who are incarcerated, and other disenfranchised populations. The selected performance indicators at the end of this chapter were chosen to reflect the impact HHS has on these populations.

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