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The World in Medicine
July 8, 1998

Disease Tracking—and More

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JAMA. 1998;280(2):125. doi:10.1001/jama.280.2.125-JWM80004-3-1

A new collaboration to track the spread of hepatitis C may also protect the world from the development of covert biological weapons.

Coordinated by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, which announced it recently, the project joins epidemiologists in New Mexico with researchers at the former Soviet nuclear weapons laboratory Chelyabinsk-70. Last month, the investigators began to gather data on the prevalence of hepatitis C in emergency patients at 3 hospitals in New Mexico and in 1 in Snezhinsk, Russia. In addition to providing blood samples for analysis, patients will complete questionnaires about potential risk factors for contracting hepatitis C.