Predicting how a virus will spread — and its effects — relies on mathematically sound and accurate models that account for factors like weather patterns and human behaviour.
The tremendous costs of COVID-19 show why the world needs to do a better job preventing epidemics from occurring – or at least mitigate the impact.
The current outbreak of COVID-19 underscores the need to study urban growth to understand the spread and control of future epidemics.
Misinformation spreads fast when people are afraid and a contagious and potentially fatal disease is frightening. This provides the ideal emotionally charged context for rumours to thrive.
Chinese scientists sequence coronavirus causing pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. And it's never been seen before.
The emergency in the DRC shows that despite all these positive changes, the global response to containing Ebola outbreaks is undermined by the lack of health care and public health infrastructure.
Epidemics can have massive social ramifications where prohibitions are imposed on travel, socio-cultural events and schooling.
A review of research on both the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, found less than 1% of published research discussed gender issues.
Scientists identified the general pattern of measles infections as a country moves toward eliminating the disease. This roadmap can help public health workers most efficiently fight and end measles.
The way humans share the world with wildlife has rapidly changed – and this is having a serious impact on the spread of pathogens.
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.
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.
The response to the latest ebola outbreak in the DRC has been rapid, well coordinated and well resourced.
By tackling local threats and controlling existing diseases, countries are able to build the capacity needed to deal with future emerging disease threats.
African leaders need to up their health allocations to help the new World Health Organisation Director-General meet his health care targets for the continent.