Scholars posit that constitutionally shaky infectious disease regulations must yield to better prevention programs.
A new report maintains there are gaps in pandemics related events readiness.
The US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) collaborates with JLABS to stimulate innovation and incubation of technologies that improve health security and response through companies focused on public health threats and emerging infectious diseases.
The Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies (B-LiFE) is designed to provide rapid identification of pathogens and to do so safely.
The findings underscore the practical implications of mistrust and misinformation for outbreak control. These factors are associated with low compliance with messages of social and behavioural change and refusal to seek formal medical care or accept vaccines, which in turn increases the risk of spread of Ebola virus disease..
Less widely known is the shared secret among outbreak responders: Bad behavior among their own ranks can consume undue energy amid an already frightening scenario.
International officials managing the response may be unaware of local conditions. Spontaneous visits by such people to outbreak areas may be resented by local residents as well as local workers, who are paid a fraction of what their Western counterparts earn.
Years of partnership and preparation between the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease, the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, and the Massachusetts-based Broad Institute ensured the samples were rapidly sequenced in Nigeria by local labs. This response, marked by cooperation and in-country capability, may be the model for the years ahead, as scientists from both Broad in the US and Nigeria believe the chances are high of emerging virus outbreaks occurring more frequently.
While premeditated attacks on treatment centers have been attributed to armed groups, there have also been a series of spontaneous assaults on health workers. These stem from a deep distrust towards those in the response, and a lack of understanding of what Ebola is.
The DRC is a very large country and these cases are so far confined to the eastern part of the country. This is also the region of the Democratic Republic of Congo that has long been mired in conflict and insecurity. In recent weeks, Ebola treatment centers have been attacked forcing medical staff to suspend operations. Meanwhile, new Ebola cases are confirmed on a nearly daily basis.