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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

To Catch a Deadly Germ (NYT)

every DAY 100,000 people die in the world, 10,000 americans

it's the large-population effect, where something that isn't an important risk can be magnified to a crisis

there follows political power and funding for something nobody sane would worry about

creating and taking ownership of ``public problems'' is the way to political success


What kills more than five times as many Americans as AIDS? Hospital infections, which account for an estimated 100,000 deaths every year.


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