The US Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) put out a call for researchers to figure out a process for making at least 1,000 antimicrobial doses to potentially any pathogen within a week of its discovery.
The portable lab’s 3D printed equipment can test for viruses and bacteria, testing samples in much the same way as a brick and mortar laboratory.
Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread the World Health Organization reported on December 8.
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.