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Chan said infectious disease challenges over the last decade led to better preparedness, but not nearly enough.
The program is part of efforts to respond better to global health crises and signifies one of the biggest changes in WHO history.
The WHO director-general says a massive policy failure allowed mosquito control to lapse in the '70s.
One of the new cases proved fatal, and the WHO reported on 6 previous cases, 3 of which were fatal.
Experts recommend a separate entity within the WHO to handle outbreaks and emergencies.
The group will present its final report to the World Health Assembly next May.
The 3,000+ delegates from 194 WHO member states clear the way for changes prompted by gaps in the Ebola crisis response.
Experts say lessons learned should make the world more prepared for future emergencies.
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