Surveillance and rapid detection of an Ebola case are vital tools in the race to end the current Ebola outbreak.To provide quicker lab analysis needed for quick detection, heath officials expanded on an approach started dueing a previous outbreak but with only a single mobile laboratory. This time, multiple “mobile” laboratories that operate as extensions of the National Institute of Biomedical Research have been set up in field locations because closer proximity to outbreak hot spots speeds up the confirmation of a case.
This report offers an overview and operational checklist for health emergency preparedness for imported cases of high consequence infectious diseases.
The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is ravaging the city of Beni in large part because many sick people are staying home where they unknowingly infect caregivers and those who mourn them.
Previous Ebola epidemics have been major news while the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not despite it being the second largest on record.
The United Kingdom’s Public Health Rapid Support Team, composed of data experts, microbiologists and other disease trackers, can mobilize infectious disease specialists around the globe within 48 hours of being called.
Established disease protocols including specific case definition, contact tracing, treatment and clinical management were closely followed during Kerala’s successful outbreak response.
The international community has long dealt with delivering humanitarian assistance in conflict situations, but not with infectious disease in a conflict zone.
Attacks on healthcare workers during cholera outbreaks have been frequent, with rumors that the treatment centers are spreading the disease.
This report outlines the US Government’s approach to strengthen global health security, including accelerating the capabilities of targeted countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
The Whitehouse has released a Global Health Security Strategy. The Strategy outlines actions the Administration will take to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.