The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Science Division has launched an online resource, the Health Product Profile Directory, to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development.
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 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with its partners released the a collaborative report listing the top zoonotic diseases of national concern for the US.
The exercise involved hospitals, paramedics, and county health departments.
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’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.
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.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CSIRO) Data61 has developed a tool to track infectious diseases and how they specifically might spread to Australia, using Bayesian inference.
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.
A 19th-century doctor famously mapped cholera’s toll to try and understand its origin and spread—but that's only part of the story.