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Across the country, a network of people and agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health departments monitors disease development. It is partly because of the success of this network that infectious diseases do not claim more lives in the United States. The WHO is devoted to achieving the highest possible level of health for all peoples.

■ Give one reason that public health authorities in Washington State were so prompt in their recognition of the 1993 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7.

■ Explain why we have relatively accurate data on the number of cases of measles that occur in the United States but not on the number of cases of the common cold.

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