African scientists need a central repository where the genomic data they capture can be uploaded and shared.
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Time and information is of the essence when tackling infectious diseases across countries and continents.
Marburg virus spreads through close contact with infected body fluids.
The Marburg virus, a close cousin of Ebola, currently has no approved treatments or vaccines to protect against it.
There has been an epidemic outbreak of Marburg virus in Equatorial Guinea for the first time. Here’s what you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads.
Extended school closures during the pandemic set Ugandan children far behind their peers.
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Young Ugandans have already fallen far behind in their learning because of COVID.
Economic well-being is crucial to population health.
Lockdown measures may stop the spread of the virus. But they can also lead to a larger and more protracted public health crisis in the form of deprivation and hunger.
The pandemic and a health workers’ strike disrupted essential health services.
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Outpatient visits, screening and diagnostic services, and child immunisation were particularly negatively affected.
Women need to be involved at every level of decision-making.
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As with Ebola, it is often only when the harm is done that people working on the response realise health emergencies disproportionately harm women.
Microscopic view of the Ebola virus.
Ebola is a highly transmissible disease but its spread can be prevented through behavioural measures.
Staff from South Sudan’s Health Ministry pose with protective suits during a drill for Ebola preparedness.
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When tackling an Ebola outbreak speed is a critical element - every hour counts.
Medical staff prepare to enter a hospital isolation unit in western Uganda during a suspected Ebola outbreak in 2018.
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The Sudan strain of the Ebola virus has been identified in Uganda for the first time in more than a decade.
Ebola news was the top story in Nigeria in early August 2014.
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African media also emphasise the west as superior and Africa as inferior.
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.