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Reactive To Predictive: Tracking Global Epidemics

In 2003, the SARS virus raised worldwide alarm after it spread undetected for weeks in China, then swept across Asia killing 700 people. For the scientific community, SARS was a global wake-up call, and in the decade since epidemiologists have used new technology to create programs that are both proactive and predictive to identify global "hot spots." We explore what's being done in the lab and in the field to track, prevent and control outbreaks of disease.

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