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Is the World Facing the Next Pandemic?

June 28, 2013

GENEVA?Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, is a slight, Chinese woman prone to power shades of lipstick. At the World Health Assembly in Geneva, where ministers of health from the U.N.?s 194 member countries gathered to discuss the world?s most pressing illnesses, Chan?s lip-color ranged from a light rose to fire-engine red, but her attitude never swayed.

As Hong Kong?s Director of Health during the 2003 bird flu outbreak, Chan became known for both her wry humor and whip-sharp demeanor. In the middle of that epidemic, she told the press, ?I eat chicken ev

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