Emerging Infectious Determinants of Chronic Diseases

Evidence now confirms that noncommunicable chronic diseases can stem from infectious agents. Furthermore,
at least 13 of 39 recently described infectious agents induce chronic syndromes. Identifying the relationships can
affect health across populations, creating opportunities to reduce the impact of chronic disease by preventing or treating
infection. As the concept is progressively accepted, advances in laboratory technology and epidemiology facilitate
the detection of noncultivable, novel, and even recognized microbial origins.

… “Unfortunately, the translation of infectious disease knowledge into programs that minimize pathology and the human suffering produced by chronic disease often lags, even when all evidence supports causality.”

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