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Mike Tharp is the executive editor of the Merced Sun-Star. He attended the Mar. 2010 seminar for the California Health Journalism Fellows as the editor of Fellow Danielle Gaines, where he met the subject of this column, Dr. Edward Newton, chair of Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County USC Hospital.

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From Darhoon Menghwar, of the Daily Ibrat, a Sindhi newspaper in Hyderabad, Sindh province, Pakistan, who attended a Thomson Reuters Foundation “Reporting HIV/AIDS” course in Bangkok in 2008.

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The deliberate release of viruses, bacteria or other germs to cause illness or death in people, animals or plants is considered bioterrorism. Experts fear that agents like anthrax, smallpox or the plague could potentially be manipulated to make them even more deadly, more resistant to current medicines, or more likely to spread into the environment.

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Avi Rose is executive director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay, a nonprofit, non-sectarian agency supporting the social and emotional well-being of Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. JFCS/East Bay serves over 10,000 people with a staff of 60 in four offices and a volunteer program of over 200 volunteers visiting the elderly, welcoming new refugees, tutoring in English and mentoring refugee youth from Bosnia, Afghanistan and Cambodia.

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