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.