Living with plague: Lessons from the Soviet Union’s antiplague system

During the 20th century, an extensive plague-eradication effort was initiated to enable changes in land use in the former Soviet Union. Despite expending tremendous resources in its attempt to eradicate plague, the Soviets abandoned the goal of eradication in favor of plague control linked with developing basic knowledge of plague ecology.

The Virus busters

In the past few months, some of India’s leading virologists have moved from biosafety level 1 and 2 laboratories to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facilities.

Japan drafts guidelines for alerting public about Ebola patients' travel routes in case of outbreak

Japan’s Health Ministry has compiled draft guidelines on the release of information about Ebola patients, including the routes they took in or outside the country, in the event the first domestic outbreak. The ministry also drew up a basic policy on the release of information related to potential first-time outbreaks of other serious infectious diseases.

4th International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak is hosting Fourth International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases. The aim of the conference is to bring together the knowledge and expertise of distinguished scientists and all interested persons from various parts of world for better management, prevention and control of tropical and other infectious diseases.

Scaling up preparedness for high-threat pathogen outbreaks in Kyrgyzstan

Epidemiologists, veterinarians, and laboratory technicians from across Kyrgyzstan participated in a five-day specialized training to deepen their knowledge on existing diagnostic methods and procedures to prevent outbreaks caused by high-threat pathogens – such as anthrax, cholera, rabies, and brucellosis.