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Bill and Melinda Gates: Infectious pandemic humanity's biggest threat

Bill and Melinda Gates: Infectious pandemic humanity's biggest threat

The biggest global risk Melinda Gates can imagine is "most definitely" a bioterrorism attack, she said in an interview at South by Southwest.

Melinda and Bill Gates have both repeatedly warned that the world is unprepared for an infectious disease outbreak, and experts agree that the risk is high.

The biggest global risk that Melinda Gates can imagine within the next 10 years is "most definitely" a bioterrorism attack.

As the two wrote in their recently released "Goalkeepers" report, disease — both infectious and chronic — is the biggest public health threat the world faces in the next decade.

"Both natural and intentional biological threats pose significant threats and merit our nation's attention to mitigate their impact," they told Business Insider in an email.

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