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November 23, 2016

Research highlights Americans' vulnerability to infectious diseases

Over the past 25 years, more than 5% of deaths in the United States have been caused by infectious diseases, according to new research. Finding a general decline since 1900, the study, focused on infections causing greater numbers of deaths in more recent years. By analyzing trends in US mortality between 1980 and 2014, scientists found that infections were responsible for 5.4% of all deaths, with the majority caused by influenza and pneumonia.

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