WHO says assessing risk after fighters seize Sudan lab

The World Health Organization said Wednesday it was assessing the threats to public health after fighters in Sudan occupied a national laboratory holding samples of a range of deadly diseases.

“The team on the ground, and with our bio-risk and biosafety teams here, are carrying out an extensive risk assessment,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told reporters, after fighters occupied a national public laboratory in Khartoum that holds samples of diseases including polio and measles.

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