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Preparing for future pandemics by learning from the past

October 3, 2018—In past pandemics, infrastructure failures and problematic language in the media have undercut efforts to contain disease, according to Harvard’s Allan Brandt. Brandt, professor of the history of science and Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the…

To quarantine or not to quarantine?

May 4, 2017 — During an infectious disease outbreak, is it best to quarantine those who have been exposed to the disease — who may or may not be infected — or is it sufficient to send the…

Battling infectious diseases takes a village

December 15, 2016 – There’s plenty to worry infectious disease experts these days. With millions of people on the move every day—travelers, immigrants, refugees—disease transmission is a constant risk. Emerging pathogens like Zika, Ebola, and pandemic influenza can…

Response to Zika outbreak driven by Ebola failures

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the global health community are working more aggressively to contain the Zika virus in the Americas to avoid repeating mistakes that occurred during the handling of the continuing Ebola epidemic in West…

Predicting global health threats for 2016

Which diseases might plague the world in 2016? Experts say that relatively unheard-of diseases could emerge, such as the Zika virus, which may already be causing birth defects in Brazil and French Polynesia. Or known threats such as…