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Title:

The Path Toward Improved Biosurveillance

Authors:
Jennifer B. Nuzzo
Date posted:
July 25, 2013
Publication type:
Commentary
Publication:

Bull At Sci 25 July 2013;69(4)

Publisher:
Sage
Introduction:

In April 2009, following an experimental protocol, staff members at a Navy lab in San Diego tested specimens from two patients using a new diagnostic device. Both tested positive for influenza, but, oddly, neither specimen matched the influenza A subtypes that are known to infect humans. This finding raised suspicions, and so the samples were sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further tests would reveal that these two patients were the first reported cases of a novel H1N1 influenza virus that would cause a global pandemic in 2009.
  

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