The 2013–2016 outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa led to unprecedented morbidity and mortality.
Less than three months since an Ebola outbreak was declared, and after only about 50 cases, the outbreak’s efficient containment is a remarkable achievement that stands in stark contrast to the West African epidemic that spiraled into a two-year global crisis with over 28,000 cases.
Despite the enormous government efforts, some practitioners of alternative forms of medicine made conflicting statements in social media, even casting doubt over the existence of Nipah virus. This confusion was compounded by a string of statements on social media declaring that fruit was a vehicle for the virus.
When Ebola flared up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, a wave of international public health workers had just left the country, where they had been deployed to combat cholera.
As health officials, governments and global business leaders prepare for threats of global outbreaks, many are examining the ways that financial structures, supply chains, and information sharing can work together to prevent calamitous outcomes.
The Joint Action EMERGE is working to deliver an efficient response to emerging and high-threat pathogens at the EU level.
By iteratively pairing short-term spread forecasts with an allocation plan that adapts to the changing predictions, the model allows aid workers to see, as the crisis evolves, where medical personnel, equipment and treatment supplies should be distributed to offer the best chances of cutting off the epidemic.
The urgent need for guidance and the paucity of structured scientific data on emerging diseases hinder the formulation of evidence-informed recommendations using standard methods and procedures.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board will monitor emergency preparedness across national governments, UN agencies, civil society, and the private sector.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has commenced a nationwide training of healthcare workers on case management, laboratory diagnosis, and prevention and control of Lassa fever.