4 min read.Updated: 21 Nov 2016, 04:05 AM ISTLivemint
As pathogens old and new spread global health crises, India must step up
In the popular American TV series The Walking Dead, the protagonists who had survived a zombie apocalypse are shown to briefly take shelter at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia—a touch of morbid irony given that the CDC is responsible for protecting public health. By the end of the season, it’s incinerated, the protagonists’ hopes of finding a cure dashed. In real life, the CDC, thankfully, still stands—fighting the good fight against infectious diseases less telegenic than a zombie apocalypse, but dangerous for all of that as pathogens old and new travel at a faster pace across countries and continents, spreading health crises.