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Capitol Health Call
February 8, 2006

Global Pathogen Surveillance

JAMA. 2006;295(6):617. doi:10.1001/jama.295.6.617-d

A bill giving the United States and the international community the ability to detect and contain pandemic disease outbreaks and the manufacture and release of potential bioterrorist agents passed the Senate on December 22.

The Global Pathogen Surveillance Act of 2005 (S 2170) would create a “biological threat detection system and improves the United States' ability to detect, identify, contain, and respond to global biological events and potential bioterror attacks,” announced Sen Bill Frist, MD (R, Tenn), the senate majority leader and cosponsor of the bill.

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