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U.S. Military Considers Resurrecting Dengue Fever Research Program

News outlets report on the possibility that the Walter Reed Army Institute will revive a dengue research program and the ethical issues surrounding the program.

VOA News: Dengue Fever Epidemic Neglected Amid Ebola Scare
“Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research are considering resurrecting a research program that would infect healthy people with dengue fever, the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease that has no specific drug treatment…” (Berman, 11/13).

Wall Street Journal: Dengue Fever Researchers in Military Weigh Infecting Volunteers
“…The tests raise ethical issues, but advocates say they are offset by the need to halt the dramatic growth in the disease. As many as 50 million people a year are infected with dengue, a 30-fold increase in the last 50 years. The disease causes 22,000 deaths each year, mainly among children, the World Health Organization says…” (Wang, 11/13).

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