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Simple preventive measures may help stem Ebola

December 5, 2014 – The rush to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in the last few months has generated years’ worth of new information about the previously little understood infectious disease, including simple but effective prevention…

Getting a detailed picture of Ebola

The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT is now “the world’s most powerful factory for analyzing genes from people and viruses,” according to an article in the New York Times, published December 1, 2014. The article highlighted the…

Humanitarian response to Ebola outbreak slow, fragmented

November 20, 2014 -- The humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been fraught with challenges, according to Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and professor in the Department of Global Health and…

To stop Ebola, strengthen health systems in West Africa

The current Ebola crisis spread quickly in West African countries, some of the poorest in the world, where health systems are poorly developed or dysfunctional. The best way to contain the epidemic is for the international community to…

Base Ebola quarantine policies on science

Quarantining health care workers returning to the U.S. after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa isn’t a science-based strategy, according to Ashish Jha of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Doing so, in fact, could dissuade these…

Ebola: U.S. should learn from West Africa’s response

In the weeks since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, officials have repeatedly tried to reassure Americans that this is “not West Africa.” This is a wrong-headed attitude, according to an editorial by…

Cracking Ebola’s genetic code

Pardis Sabeti has been a leader in the effort to analyze Ebola’s genetic code and track its mutations. Sabeti, who is an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health,…

U.S. hospitals prepare for Ebola

Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of International Health at HSPH, and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, has done a number of interviews with national media outlets over the last few days on controlling the spread of…