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"One of the world's most dangerous viruses in one of the world's most dangerous areas," WHO director-general says.
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.
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