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The international community was slow to respond to the African ebola outbreak. One reason was a lack of early warning. It comes down to something population health scientists call "surveillance", a word that alarms the lay public, since it conjures images of Big Brother observing our intimate activities. Surveillance systems can be simple or complex. They always cost money. But if they help to identify an outbreak, and thus help to prevent an epidemic, then they save much more money. But poor governments are unlikely to invest in prevention systems when there are immediate health crises that need resources right now: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, maternal and reproductive health issues, etc.
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WASHINGTON - Health officials in the state of Texas have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas, as disease detectiv...
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.NBC News...
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the world that the Ebola virus had come to the United States. For many, this intrusion may be a sign the epidemic in West Africa is expanding and may soon turn into the ever-feared pandemic. However, by taking a step back from the specifics of the case, the reality of the entire situation can be appreciated. More importantly, worry can be wrangled and panic can be placated.