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Stockpiling oral cholera vaccine.

Control of Epidemic Diseases Unit, Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases Department, World Health Organization, 20 avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland .
Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (Impact Factor: 5.11). 10/2012; 90(10):714. DOI: 10.2471/BLT.12.112433
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