This paper illustrates the need for the U.S. and regional partners to create a defensive, health-security, front line for disease surveillance and control.
There is a clear and simple correlation between population size and the occurrence of infectious disease. This places a country, such as China, in a natural, but dangerous and precarious position. Not only does China have a large population, with many of the world’s most populous cities, but its concept of personal space facilitates the rapid spread of disease, and it is connected by trade and travel to virtually every location on the planet. Other nations with large populations such as India pale in comparison to China’s global efforts in environmental exploitation and worldwide connectedness.