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Neudy Rojop decided to work in public health when she was a young girl observing how frequently her young family members and neighbors got sick with unknown illnesses. Luis Echeverria for NPR hide caption

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A kid in Guatemala had a dream. Today she's a disease detective

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Oct. 18. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With live ceremonies canceled across the U.S., former President Barack Obama gave graduating seniors a virtual commencement address on Saturday during the virtual event Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. Getty Images for EIF & XQ hide caption

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Obama, Malala, Jonas Brothers Send Off Class Of 2020 In Virtual Graduation

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Patients are treated at an Army ward in Kansas during the influenza epidemic of 1918. About 675,000 Americans died of the flu known as "la grippe." NYPL/Science Source/Getty Images hide caption

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Health workers killed chickens in a Hong Kong market in 2014 in an effort to stop the spread of H7N9 flu. It's being watched closely as a virus that might spark a pandemic outbreak. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse

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A patient with the H7N9 avian flu is treated in a hospital in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, in February of this year. The 2017 outbreak was the deadliest in China since H7N9 first appeared in humans in 2013. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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