Health researchers are looking to become more proactive by using machine learning to identify potential hot spots and predict future outbreaks.
As the plague epidemic was spreading quickly through September, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified contact tracing as an urgent intervention, and by mid-October had trained nearly 4,000 contact tracers and team supervisors.
A new guidance document for hospitals to use in preparing for and containing outbreaks has been published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), with the support of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How cross-discipline collaborations can be most effectively implemented in infectious disease response requires additional reflection.
Capacity to receive, verify, analyze, assess, and investigate public health events is essential for epidemic intelligence.
The humanitarian strategy included deploying community-based volunteers, increasing public health education, and coordinating with the government.
Treatment centers increased staff, while health workers tracked down about 7,000 people who had interacted with confirmed and suspected plague patients.
Yemen highlights how even a fully funded, fully functional response can never be a replacement for the systems and public services required to ensure disease prevention.
Integration of vaccination with emergency response augments global health security by reducing disease burden, and preventing spread across international borders.
Effective zoonotic disease prevention, detection, and response requires collaboration, including well-defined roles and responsibilities among the animal, human, and environment health sectors.