Infectious Diseases Can Be Tackled, Here are 3 Solutions

Post Date: 
2018-05-09
Source: 
The Hill

Time is the greatest enemy in the treatment of any disease. The amount of time that passes before a patient is diagnosed, then how much longer it takes for that person to get connected to care, begin treatment, and so on. This could mean the difference between lives saved or lost and costs contained or uncontrolled.

Such is the case with HTLV-1, or human T-cell leukemia virus type 1. The disease was discovered decades ago, yet little has been done to address it. With the absence of intervention, time has allowed its prevalence to grow. Now, more than 40 percent of adults in remote regions of central Australia are infected with the virus.

There are three ways that time can be saved to better address both known and unknown infectious diseases . . .