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ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 11, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) CIA denial of a New Yorker report that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein may be behind the virus in New York noted.

(New York: John McKenzie) The problems in the response system as evidenced by the case of the West Nile-like virus examined; details given of the CDC's misdiagnosis of the virus and of the lack of inter-agency communications. [Federal Center for National Security Alan ZELICOFF - says there could have been catastrophic consequences.] [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Dr. Duane GUBLER - comments.] The role of Bronx Zoo bird specialist Dr. Tracey McNamara in the virus diagnosis outlined. [McNAMARA - admits to "frustration" with the CDC.]

Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John

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