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Human and animal health is threatened by various diseases every day. Acquired as a result of pathogenic microbial agents, infectious diseases are still a major source of mortality throughout the world, contributing to 26% of global mortality in 2001. Of these mortalities, 90% are caused by illnesses such as acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and measles. Cancer, allergy and many other diseases also cause significant mortality and morbidity in human and animal victims.
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