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World Health Organization tells Ukraine to destroy dangerous pathogens to prevent 'potential spills' of disease from labs

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The World Health Organization advised Ukrainian officials to destroy dangerous pathogens stored in laboratories across the war-torn country to prevent a potential outbreak of disease, Reuters reported. Due to the Russian invasion, the WHO recommended public health labs protect against "any potential spills" in Ukraine that could lead to disease spreading to the general population.

"Biosecurity experts say Russia's movement of troops into Ukraine and bombardment of its cities have raised the risk of an escape of disease-causing pathogens, should any of those facilities be damaged," Reuters reported on Thursday.

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