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Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business” in Monrovia, Liberia, January 15 2015. UNMEER/Emmanuel Tobey

The Ebola outbreak highlights shortcomings in disease surveillance and response – and where we can do better

Along with better strategies to respond to outbreaks in human populations, we need a stronger focus on surveillance in animals to identify infectious diseases before they pose a risk to human health.
Even before the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Libera were among the world’s poorest countries. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

Ebola’s ‘other’ victims: how the outbreak affects those left behind

Media coverage of the growing Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has presented world audiences with apocalyptic predictions of ultimate death tolls and grisly imaginings of its spread to…
The risk to the Australian community from doctors and nurses returning from Ebola-affected countries is minimal. EPA/ARIE KIEVIT

Mandatory Ebola quarantine is about politics, not public health

Governments have a duty to protect their citizens but the plan to impose mandatory detention on health-care workers being suggested by some Australian states is excessive and unwarranted. On Monday, the…

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