As the legion of Democratic presidential candidates face off this week, they will be addressing an audience that ranks health as a leading concern. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll of Democrats and independents leaning towards Democrats published earlier this month found that health care tops the issues they want to hear about.

Infectious diseases might get lost in the shuffle over access to health care, high drug prices, and health disparities, but they shouldn’t.

As a country, we are facing the resurgence of measles, the longest flu season in a decade, infectious diseases linked to the opioid epidemic, the growing challenge of antibiotic-resistant infections, and emerging public health threats such as the Zika virus. Living in a world drawn closer by trade and travel heightens the problems posed by infectious diseases. These issues should be on the minds of all voters and presidential candidates.

Credit: iStock, Manjurul

Credit: iStock, Manjurul

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