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Laboratories at the Army's Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland are expanding. It comes as the H1N1 flu virus is on a lot of people's minds.

Lieutenant General Eric Schoomaker is the Army's surgeon general. Diagnosing the so-called swine flu is easy, he says, if you have the tools. According to Schoomaker, that technology has now been developed.

Much of the technology was developed at Fort Detrick, which also conducted research that helped identify where the West Nile and SARS viruses came from. Schoomaker says lessons learned from those scares, and the first arrival of H1N1 last spring, are vital to combating the virus this fall. The new labs at Fort Detrick are scheduled to be completed by 2015.

Matt Bush reports....

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