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Physician visits due to infectious diseases

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1 in 4 physician visits are due to infectious diseases.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Report of the Task Force on Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; July 1991

Reference

Title
Report of the Task Force on Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Publisher
US Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
July 1991
Authors
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden
  • Economic Burden

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