Published on 6 Aug 2014
In March 2014, the Ministry of Health of Guinea notified the World Health Organization of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in the south-eastern part of the country. The virus rapidly spread to the capital, Conakry, as well as to neighbouring countries, such as Liberia. This is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. WHO, along with partners in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and other international organizations, responded to requests from countries and deployed doctors and nurses, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, logisticians, and other support staff to Conakry and other affected locations.
May 1, 2014 : Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, co-discovered the Ebola virus and has led the global fight against HIV/Aids with the UN. He talks to FT science editor Clive Cookson about his experiences and what we can learn about future management of communicable diseases.
Published on 7 May 2014
Following the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the expert panel discuss the threat of emerging infectious diseases and the risk they pose in a globalized world. They consider the way the international community deals with infectious disease and the challenges for control and prevention.
ITV of Prof. Laurent Kaiser, University Hospitals of Geneva, control and prevention against influenza, coronavirus and emerging viruses, during ICPIC 2013 -- International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control - Geneva
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People with diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and a history of cancer are at increased risk of serious flu complications, including hospitalization and death. In this webinar briefing, CDC and partners American Diabetes Association, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, American Heart Association, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and American Cancer Society discuss the importance of flu vaccination for these high risk conditions.
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It's a brilliantly simple new approach to understanding how pandemics spread: 'effective distance'. Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann's idea is that in an interconnected world, it is airport connections that represent the fastest way for infectious diseases to spread – first through major hubs, then minor hubs, and only more slowly within countries on other modes of transport (car, donkey, foot).
By reimagining distance in this way, Brockmann shows how the seemingly random spread of illness across the world in fact obeys a simple mechanism, spreading along the network like the ripples of a stone dropped into a pool. The actual time it takes for a given disease to spread will depend on how infectious it is, but Brockmann argues the pattern will remain essentially the same. This video plots the imagined spread of outbreaks in Atlanta (red), Mexico City (pink) and Paphos, Greece (blue), against Brockmann's circular diagrammes of effective distance.
You can't watch TV these days without hearing about the threat of diseases like swine flu, bird flu or other emerging infections. With so much conflicting information in the media, it's hard to discern the facts about these pandemics and how we can best protect ourselves. Join Dr. John Blossom and infectious disease specialist Dr. Christian Sandrock as they talk with disaster response experts about how to recognize, report and respond to these pandemics, and lessons learned from previous experiences.
(Video Nominated for 2012 Webby Award)
In 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead. Where did this particular flu strain come from, and what made it so deadly? 85 years later, virologists and epidemiologists the world over are still hunting down the answers to those two critical questions.
Published on Jan 13, 2013
Nearly four decades have passed since the world last saw an influenza pandemic, many believe we are long overdue for another. Dr. Michael Osterholm and Helen Branswell mark the inauguration of the Global Health Initiative.