Infectious diseases are spreading globally at an unprecedented speed, according to the annual report from the World Health Organisation. The 2007 World Health Report also says that infectious diseases are emerging at a rate of more than one per year, and are becoming ever more difficult to treat.
The Director General of the WHO Margaret Chan said:
“Given today’s universal vulnerability to these threats – better security calls for global solidarity for collective action in the face of a shared threat.”
Since the 1970s, 39 new diseases have come to light, including bird-flu, SARS, AIDS and the ebola virus.
Many are able to spread worldwide faster than ever before in history, with more than 2-billion people travelling by air every year.
In the past five years alone, the UN organisation has verified more than 1,100 epidemics, including cholera and polio.
The report says it would be naive to assume that there would NOT be another disease like AIDS, SARS or ebola sooner or later.