The way humans share the world with wildlife has rapidly changed – and this is having a serious impact on the spread of pathogens.
West Africa experienced the worst Ebola outbreak between 2013 and 2016.
The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is devastating vulnerable communities already affected by displacement and violence.
The Ebola virus.
The Ebola virus claimed 11,000 lives in 2014. Today, scientists may have cured the disease in guinea pigs by using antibodies.
During high-stress deadly epidemics, even well-trained responders can get caught up in behaviors that are more harmful than helpful.
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The high stress conditions of an outbreak can spread a dysfunctional culture among those working to fight it. A survey after the 2015 Ebola epidemic quantified the issue – and suggests a better way.
Health workers in Liberia at the height of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak.
Four new Ebola treatments are being tried out in the DRC.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika.
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In January, measles returned to the Pacific Northwest, while Ebola resurged in the Congo. It would take a lot more research for scientists to be able to stop threats like these in their tracks.
A health worker prepares to administer the experimental Ebola vaccine in north-western DRC.
The new Ebola vaccine is yet to be licensed but evidence shows that it protects against the strain of the virus.
Mali was one of the West African countries affected by the biggest Ebola outbreak ever recorded from 2014 to 2016.
Without the current experimental vaccine the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has the potential to spiral out of control.
Old World fruit bats.
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The family of deadly filoviruses just got bigger.
Fighting deadly diseases such as Ebola is a strong case for providing donor aid to authoritarian countries like the DRC.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
A portable DNA sequencer in action.
Researchers have increasingly turned to DNA sequencing to help identify and track diseases like Ebola.
Ebola is a dreadful disease and is one of the deadliest infections known to medical science.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
Since 2014 the Ebola outbreak in Liberia killed over 4,800 people.
It could be a matter of days before the ebola epidemic in the DRC spreads to urban centres or spills over into neighbouring countries.
WHO worker administers Ebola vaccination in Mbandaka, DRC.
The UN Security Council's response to the most recent Ebola outbreak has been weak. But what options does it have?
Nigerian children receiving the polio vaccine in Lagos.
The global target to eradicate polio is being missed because a number of countries are struggling to reach high vaccine coverage.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials.
(The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.
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Banning travel might not always be the best way to respond to a disease outbreak.
Ebola vaccination team member administering Ebola vaccine in Beni, North Kivu, DRC.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been hit with another Ebola outbreak. This may be the test case for how to deal with future outbreaks.
Congolese health workers prepare equipment before the launch of vaccination campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.
A study of recent epidemics like Zika and Ebola suggests that the media may fail to tell the public what to do during an outbreak.
An experimental Ebola vaccine is being tried to contain the current outbreak in the DRC.
There have been ten Ebola outbreaks recorded from the DRC between 1976 and 2018 from different locations. This implies that the virus is widely spread.