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Better Policies Urged on Animal-Borne Diseases

August 5, 2003
by Maggie Fox
Reuters Health

The United States, seeking to defend against diseases ranging from West Nile virus to SARS to mad cow disease, needs a more coherent policy on animal-borne diseases, health experts said on Tuesday. "Our national policy toward animal-borne diseases is the equivalent of trying to run a zoo without a zookeeper," said Shelley Hearne, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, a non-profit group that focuses on disease prevention.

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