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|For Trish Perl, Hospital epidemiologist, it was a made-to-order moment. Perl flew into action, ordering isolation for the patient and gowns, gloves and masks for the staff who treated him. She even decreed that the man be kept in an air-controlled room for 24 hours until cultures had grown from the tissue taken from his blood and liver and she had a diagnosis: glanders.
Glanders, a disease typically found in horses and donkeys, had not been reported in the United States in humans since 1945. But since this man had been working on a vaccine for the disease, the diagnosis had been speculated
“I want to sell drugs to everyone. I want to sell drugs to healthy people. I want drugs to sell like chewing gum.” former Merck CEO, Henry Gadsden