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Study Finds Infectious Disease Deaths Decline, But Wide Disparity in Outcomes

Modern Healthcare writes: Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases compared to three decades ago, but the outcome gap between rural and urban areas of the country has widened, according to a new study. Deaths from infectious diseases decreased by 18% in the U.S. between 1980 and 2014, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, dropping from 42 deaths per 100,000 people to 34 deaths per 100,000. But rural counties aren’t seeing the same improvements in infectious disease mortality as their urban counterparts, researchers found.

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