Imagine an Ebola epidemic is ravaging a community, or a dirty bomb goes off in a major city — but health workers can’t enter the affected area because they lack adequate respiratory protective devices (respirators) meant to protect them from airborne particles carrying disease or radiation.

Sound far-fetched? The World Health Organization (WHO) is struggling to control 19 pandemic, epidemic diseases, including Ebola, SARS and smallpox. No country, community or culture is safe from exposure, with the WHO recently declaring the current Ebola outbreak — which is already the second largest in history — a global health emergency.

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