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The Disease Detectives Stop Outbreaks at Their Source

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After two category 5 hurricanes hit the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, the immediate aftermath left buildings destroyed and neighborhoods flooded. But another, less visible, threat left local health officials very concerned. After traces of the bacterial infection leptospirosis were found on the island of Saint Croix, officials called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assistance. Enter the Disease Detectives. Formally known as officers at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), these teams of specialists are deployed around the world to track down the origin of a disease and help contain it.

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