Jason Beaubien Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
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Fishermen drag a net in Lake Malawi in 2012. About the size of New Jersey, the lake is home to hundreds of fish species and is considered one of the most biologically diverse lakes in the world. Ding Haitao/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

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CIA Announces Plans To End Fake Vaccination Programs

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Muslim pilgrims wear masks to prevent infection from the Middle East respiratory syndrome in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday. Hasan Jamali/AP hide caption

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How U.S. Hospitals Are Planning To Stop The Deadly MERS Virus

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A health official takes a blood sample from a child's finger for a malaria test at a clinic in Bong Ti Lang village on the Thai-Myanmar border. Narong Sangnak/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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On the outskirts of Islamabad, a Pakistani health worker vaccinates an Afghan refugee against polio. Muhammed Muheisen/AP hide caption

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The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency

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To Fight Polio Outbreaks, WHO Lays Down New Rules

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Loved ones express their grief at the burial of Ramon Romero Ramirez in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, January 2013. The 36-year-old died of chronic kidney disease after working in the sugar cane fields for 12 years. Ramirez is part of a steady procession of deaths among cane workers. Ed Kashi/VII hide caption

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Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America

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Deadly Disease Out Of Middle East Draws Concerns Of Pandemic

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Fearful of catching the MERS virus, workers wear masks during a soccer match on April 22 at King Fahad stadium in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

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An Egyptian Muslim prays during a ritual in Mina, Saudi Arabia, October 2013. Some people wore masks during the hajj pilgrimage last year to protect against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa

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A child receives a polio vaccine Sunday in Kano, Nigeria. The country is the primary source of the virus in Africa but appears to be making progress against the disease; the current outbreak in Cameroon that has spread to Equatorial Guinea came by way of Chad, not Nigeria. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

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A pregnant Somali woman gets a tetanus shot at a clinic in Mogadishu in 2013. The vaccination initiative was launched by the GAVI Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A nurse of the 'Doctors without Borders' medical aid organisation examines a patient in the in-take area at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. The viral haemorrhagic fever epidemic raging in Guinea is caused by several viruses which have similar symptoms — the deadliest and most feared of which is Ebola. Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is Guinea's Ebola Outbreak So Unusual?

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Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love while living at a tuberculosis ward in Balti, Moldova. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs

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