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Singapore, U.S. Open Center for Viruses, Bioterror

Singapore, battered last year by the deadly SARS virus, and the United States opened a center in the city state Monday to combat viruses and bioterrorist threats in the Asia Pacific region. The Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Center will help Asian countries fight infectious diseases, said Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s acting health minister. “New and re-emerging diseases will continue to pose a real threat to all of us,” Khaw said at the opening of the center. The center has been jointly set up by the Singapore government and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Singapore proposed to the United States last year that a center be set up to tackle emerging infectious diseases, whether natural or man-made. Full Story

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