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Opinion: Presidential candidates should be ready to discuss plans for infectious diseases

Infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola don't stop at national borders. Neither should U.S. investment in global responses to them, an issue that should be part of presidential candidates' playbooks.
Source: Seth Wenig/AP

As the legion of Democratic presidential candidates face off this week, they will be addressing an audience that ranks health as a leading concern. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll of Democrats and independents leaning towards Democrats published earlier this month found that health care tops the issues they want to hear about.

Infectious diseases might get lost in the shuffle over access to health care, high drug prices, and health disparities, but they shouldn’t.

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