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Exotic/Emerging diseases can be caused by newly identified pathogens, pathogen strains such as SARS or the mutation of existing strains such as Influenza virus. In addition, the spread of known pathogens (e.g. West Nile virus & dengue virus) into new geographical areas leading to new potential endemics account for a large number of exotic/emerging diseases. The EQAs within this group focus on those emerging diseases that are frequently being identified within progressive geographic regions.

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