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This episode of CBS’s 48 Hours program discusses newly discovered viruses such as Ebola and Marburg and the potentially devastating effects of an outbreak of the diseases they cause. It reports on an incident in which some lab employees became infected with an Ebola virus; this particular strain was not pathogenic to humans. The piece shows a public health official visiting a remote area of Indonesia where the native people harbor a unique retrovirus. It also addresses an outbreak of hantavirus infections in the southwestern United States, the possible role of ecosystem changes in the spread of infectious disease, and the problems posed by increasing rates of antibiotic resistance.

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