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Developing countries in Central Asia are making notable strides in their attempts to increase their governmental capacity to guard against biological-weapon threats, according to the U.S. State Department.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Simon Limage on Friday noted how countries in the region — which stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east — have recently adopted practices intended to improve biosecurity. Multiple strains of plague and anthrax, which both are considered candidates for use in a biological-weapons attack, are endemic to the region.

“We have an interest in local efforts being successful in that particular region,” Limage told an audience at a Stimson Center event on international efforts to prevent weapons-of-mass-destruction attacks.

Noting the U.S. government’s “longstanding relationships” with scientific experts in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, Limage said he was “heartened by the fact that there’s a number of key agents that are taking a serious approach to biosecurity, and that’s the way it should go.”

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