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Lessons from Ebola: The Infectious Disease Era, And The Need To Prepare, Will Never Be Over

October 28, 2014
by Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of Trust for America’s Health
Health Affairs

With the wall-to-wall news coverage of Ebola recently, it’s hard for many to distinguish fact from fiction and to really understand the risk the disease poses and how prepared we are to fight it.

Fighting infectious diseases requires constant vigilance. Along with Ebola, health officials around the globe are closely watching other emerging threats: MERS-CoV, pandemic flu strains, Marburg, Chikungunya and Enterovirus D68. The best defense to all of these threats is a good offense — detecting, treating and containing as quickly and effectively as possible.

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