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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Greg Mathieson Sr/Shutterstock (4240298v) US Army and civilian personnel at the US Army Fort Detrick work with the Ebola Virus in addition to hundreds of other infectious diseases that could harm both the general public and US Military forces around the world. Infectious diseases at Fort Detrick of the US Army, Frederick, Maryland, America - 05 Nov 2014

At the end of last year, I was asked to write in Prospect about the biggest global challenges in the coming decade. There was no question in my mind about what I would write about: pandemics and “the medical response to global pandemic—which is pitiful,” I said in an email to the editor. “And we are going to find that out soon (I fear).” My article, published in early…

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