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A descriptive term for a miscellaneous group of more than 30 pathogens that have been identified since approximately 1970. Most are responsible for life-threatening, communicable diseases, most of which have occurred, and in some cases declared themselves for the first time, in epidemic form. They include the pathogens responsible for Legionnaires disease, HIV/AIDS, Ebola-Marburg virus disease, hantavirus, Lyme disease, Helicobacter pylori, new varieties of hepatitis virus, several tropical hemorrhagic fever viruses, the viruses responsible for SARS, and avian influenza.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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