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This bacterium is the cause of the mystery illness in Liberia. We don't want to give it away ... so you'll have to read the story to find out what it is. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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When A Mystery Outbreak Strikes, Who You Gonna Call?

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In August 2014, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talked with Doctors Without Borders staff during a visit to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the topic of a nuclear strike preparedness session, opting to focus on a widespread flu outbreak. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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A patient suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome recovers in a hospital ward in San Salvador on Jan. 27. Researchers are trying to determine whether there is a link between the disorder, which can cause weakness and paralysis, and the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Marvin Recinos /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Sees Major Challenges Ahead In The Fight Against Zika

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A security fence surrounds the main part of the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground, a testing laboratory in the Utah desert. The Army says it mistakenly shipped live anthrax from Dugway to several labs in the U.S. and Korea. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

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With Ebola Cases Down, Officials Worry Liberians Aren't Worried Enough

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Testing for Ebola, a scientist in a mobile lab at Gueckedou, Guinea, separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate the virus's genetic sequence. Misha Hussain/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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