Topic: Ebola

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 unexpectedly devastate communities. Some…

Zika, Ebola offer lessons for managing future pandemics

How can lessons from the Zika and Ebola outbreaks prepare the world for the next pandemic? That was the question discussed by experts during a webcast hosted by the Harvard Global Health Institute on August 22, 2016. Ashish Jha, director of the…

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 make health and health…

Tracking a duo of deadly diseases

June 30, 2015 -- Should we be worried about Lassa fever, the hemorrhagic fever that recently killed a New Jersey man? How is it different from Ebola? Computational biologist Pardis Sabeti—recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator for 2015—studies the genetics…

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 Africa, said Harvard T.…

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 Ebola could return. “Ebola…

A critical voice on biosafety

Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, has become a leading critic of experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals. Earlier this year, he co-authored an…