GUERRILLA WARFARE

INFECTIOUS DISEASES CAN STRIKE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. ONLY GOOD INTELLIGENCE AND RAPID REACTION CAN STOP THEM

For two months in 1993, otherwise healthy young people had been showing up at hospital emergency rooms on the Navajo reservation in northwest New Mexico. At first they complained of flulike symptoms. Then, within hours, most of them died of acute respiratory failure, literally drowning in their own bodily fluids. Frustrated officials with the Indian Health Service, the University of New Mexico and the state's health department put in a call to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In a matter of days, highly trained specialists--essentially a public-health swat team from the premier U.S. government lab's Epidemic Intelligence...

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