Letters: Aug. 24, 1998

THE KILLER GERM

"We are being exposed on a daily basis to new forms of bacteria, and our immune systems are no match for this newly evolved risk." MICHAEL MOLNAR St. Catharines, Ont.

As a practicing public health officer, I read with great interest your report on E. coli O157:H7 [KILLER BACTERIA, Aug. 3]. It provided readers with a real-life example of what epidemiologists do to protect the public health and underscored the need for maintaining skills and capabilities as an integral part of the U.S. public health system. All too often shortsighted budget cuts weaken the system's capacity to...

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