As our countries become more intertwined, the cultural differences are harder to ignore.
The Philippines Department of Health reported recently that the suspected measles outbreak in the province of Sarangani affected 84 persons as of November 28, with 18 deaths.
While the issues of “what to do” to control cholera are largely known, context-specific practices on “how to do it” in order to surmount challenges to coordination, logistics, insecurity, access, and politics, remain.
The idea that major cities and their airports are important drivers of worldwide contagion makes intuitive sense, and it’s supported by mathematical models. But models don’t always reflect reality.
Scientists have spent decades trying to concoct such a “universal” flu vaccine and, at times, they seem to have made solid headway.
Researchers at the University of Hawaii medical school have successfully developed a vaccine candidate for the Zika virus, showing that it is effective in protecting both mice and monkeys from the infection.
If similar samplers are deployed at airport checkpoints or other high-risk crowded places, potential biological threats such as SARS and the H7N9 strain of bird flu could be detected in eight hours or less.
Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries reported a third farm outbreak of classical swine fever, but not at a private farm - but at the Gifu prefectural livestock research institute where a high level of biosecurity would normally be expected.
After the drill, all localities nationwide were asked to draw up plans and carry out similar drills to prepare.
Scientists say there's no certain way to stop someone intent on monkeying with DNA, no matter what laws or standards are in place.