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Africa to get its own disease control centre

The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has teamed up with the African Union Commission to establish the continent's own CDC unit, initially located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A permanent headquarters as well as five regional centres will be named “in the coming months”, the CDC says.

The idea is that all the centres will link up to form a regional disease control network. The US agency will support a number of fellowships to staff the regional centres.

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