Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
In a health crisis, decisions about treatment and containment must be made quickly. It’s crucial those decisions be based on research evidence, but fast and easy access is not always available.
While identifying a new disease by its place of origin seems intuitive, history shows that doing so can have serious consequences for the people that live there.
The current outbreak refuses to give in to efforts by an international team of health care workers, armed with vaccines and treatment that did not even exist during previous episodes.
Nearly everything known about Ebola virus persistence in the reproductive system has resulted from testing semen of West African Ebola virus disease survivors.
Borders are porous between North Kivu province of the DRC and neighbouring countries, so the potential for spread is highly likely.
Ebola is difficult to contain because of human social and behavioural factors. But it can be if 100% of the infected people's contacts are identified and monitored.
The way humans share the world with wildlife has rapidly changed – and this is having a serious impact on the spread of pathogens.
The current Ebola outbreak in the DRC is devastating vulnerable communities already affected by displacement and violence.
Four new Ebola treatments are being tried out in the DRC.
The new Ebola vaccine is yet to be licensed but evidence shows that it protects against the strain of the virus.
Without the current experimental vaccine the Ebola outbreak in the DRC has the potential to spiral out of control.
Instability in the DRC and Ebola's deadly properties is making it hard to contain the virus.
Banning travel might not always be the best way to respond to a disease outbreak.
Teams administering the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo are in a race against time to find and help people exposed.
Recent discoveries of ancient viruses are helping scientists understand their origins.
The DRC has developed good systems to diagnose Ebola. But it's surveillance systems are still weak.
The audio version of a long read on the historical mistakes and cover ups that hampered the response to the devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014.
Speaking with: Dr. John Gerrard on infectious diseases.
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William Isdale speaks to Dr. John Gerrard about the constant threat of infectious diseases and what we can do to prevent a deadly pandemic from establishing itself in Australia.
When an Ebola outbreak is detected, surveillance, community engagement , laboratory services and tracing infected persons should be activated to prevent rapid spread of the disease.