Drug-resistant disease re-emerge, gain strength
National report — Key concerns regarding infectious diseases with cutaneous manifestations include the expanding reach of infections formerly thought rare and exotic, experts say. Meanwhile, they add, some infections rarely seen stateside in recent years are resurging.
Expanding global travel fuels the spread of many of these diseases, say Stephen K. Tyring, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., and Casey Carlos, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Tyring is clinical professor of dermatology, microbiology/molecular genetics and internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and medical director of the Center for Clinical Studies in Houston. Dr. Carlos is assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of dermatology, University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Tyring also blames complacency. With fewer parents getting their children vaccinated for measles, for example, he says that 2013 saw more measles cases in the United States (175 as of Dec. 6) than any prior year of the 21st century.
Accordingly, he says, “Infectious diseases of the 20th century such as measles are not eradicated. And some diseases that were very rare in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century are coming back with a vengeance.” Therefore, he says that for every disease for which there is a vaccine, “It’s important that people get vaccinated.”
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