Sindhi cattle near Amazon rainforest:
flexitarian diets could feed the growing world population without further encroaching onto wild habitat.
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Infectious diseases originating in wild animals are high and may be increasing. This is a sign that ecosystem degradation is undermining the planet’s capacity to sustain human wellbeing.
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The chances of surviving Marburg are improved if there’s early supportive care with rehydration and symptomatic treatment.
This image shows Ebola virus particles (red) budding from the surface of kidney cell (blue).
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Although treatments for Ebola have helped many people overcome this deadly disease, the virus can persist in the brain and cause a lethal relapse.
COVID-19 will not be the last infectious disease event of our time. We need to prepare for the next challenge with evidence and knowledge.
Before COVID-19, clean water, antibiotics and vaccines had made us complacent about infectious disease. Infection control can no longer be taken for granted. We must be prepared for future pandemics.
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La gestion internationale des épidémies, consiste parfois à céder leur contrôle à un groupe d'experts étrangers qui possèdent une compréhension superficielle d’une région très complexe.
The delay in finding definitive answers to how novel infectious diseases come about is not unusual. Look at what happened to our search for Ebola virus.
Around 20% of patients may experience severe illness from the Lassa fever virus.
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Given the small number of people that have been affected, the threat to the wider community is low.
The large public health apparatus assembled to fight Ebola created more problems.
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International epidemic management involves ceding to foreign experts who possess, at best, a surface-level understanding of a very complex region.
White raccoon dogs are prized for their unusual fur.
In China, the wildlife trade is thriving, driven by the increased demands for luxury goods and traditional medicine. But there is real concern about the threat of diseases that can cross over to humans.
Disturbing the habitats of horseshoe bats, like these in Borneo, increases the risk of virus spillover.
How can nations prevent more pandemics like COVID-19? One priority is reducing the risk of diseases’ jumping from animals to humans. And that means understanding how human actions fuel that risk.
The COVID-10 pandemic followed a different path in Africa than was predicted.
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Despite having comparatively poor health infrastructure, African public health practitioners have amassed a wealth of experience of managing epidemics.
Liberia and Sierra Leone actively sought international aid to combat Ebola in 2014, Guinea downplayed the extent of the deadly disease.
President Alpha Condé’s pursuit of mining interests during the Ebola crisis may have foreshadowed his demise as he tightened his grip over power and plundered the state’s wealth.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sign at its headquarters.
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Sexual exploitation and abuse requires an active rather than passive response.
Une photo, prise en août 2015, de gants et de bottes désinfectés dans un centre de traitement d'Ébola à Conakry, en Guinée ; des leçons sont tirées pour gérer le virus de Marburg.
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De nombreux pays africains ont acquis beaucoup d'xpériences en matière de gestion de épidémies de fièvres hémorragiques virales qu'ils peuvent appliquer à celle du virus à Marburg.
GPS devices on 20 bats in a Ugandan cave in 2018 as part of a research project to determine flight patterns and how they transmit Marburg virus to humans.
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The Marburg virus will be present wherever the Egyptian Rousette bat occurs.
Statistical infrastructure can help improve everything from health care to politics.
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Data science infrastructure is sorely needed in many places. Doctors Without Borders brings medical help to nations in need, but similar efforts are relatively small for statistics.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy president David Mabuza, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize visiting the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility.
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Vaccine manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. It depends heavily on support from developed countries. It also requires much more than relaxing intellectual property rights and a desire for vaccine equity.
Residents and church members gather at the main gate of the Synagogue Church of All Nations headquarters in Lagos to mourn the death of pastor TB Joshua.
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Nigeria’s TB Joshua wasn’t just known for his evangelism and controversies. He was also a beloved philanthropist.
Rigiatu Kamara (R), 38, who has recovered from the Ebola virus disease poses with her husband Baibai Kamara (L), 40, in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 26, 2014.
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Ebola survivors use multiple avenues to address their health needs, which presents a management challenge.
Women and girls face increased violence during public health crises.
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A gender perspective on public health is essential to human rights and safety in crisis situations.