New infectious diseases are appearing faster today than at any other time in history, while many previously controlled infectious diseases are reemerging in the world. Furthermore, the widespread use and misuse of antibiotics is creating a new generation of highly drug resistant forms of infectious disease. These global phenomena can be attributed in part to the convergence of major forces such as global population growth, urbanization, changes in animal health and human-animal population interactions, and climate change.

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As global infectious disease activity evolves, the world is becoming a smaller place. Today, more than two billion passengers board commercial flights every year, creating unprecedented opportunities for local infectious disease outbreaks to rapidly transform into international epidemics or pandemics. This change in global infectious disease activity coupled with growth in international air travel offers compelling evidence that infectious disease outbreaks like SARS and H1N1 are an inevitable part of the future. Whether originating from naturally occurring events, accidents, or bioterrorism, Bio.Diaspora has been developed to confront the new global reality of infectious diseases by finding effective and efficient solutions to mitigate their risks to health, security and economic activity.