Ten years ago, the international community joined together to create a new, comprehensive framework to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and other health threats. A historical perspective As early as the 14th Century, people used quarantine to keep diseases like the plague from spreading across borders.
Globalization means that public health issues are no longer contained by national borders. A public health crisis in one country can quickly spread to its neighbors and impact the rest of the global community.
The problems and challenges Ebola has devastated the health systems and the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. When the outbreak started, existing public health services which were already quite limited were diverted to Ebola.
The problems we face are wide-ranging, from inefficient or underfunded systems to economic or political struggles to natural disasters. We are sharing resources with existing programs to reduce noncommunicable diseases caused by hypertension and tobacco use.
On March 5, Liberian physicians discharged Beatrice Yardolo, an English teacher, from the hospital, hoping that she would be their last Ebola patient. Unfortunately, last Friday another person in Liberia tested positive for the disease that has killed more than 10,000 people in West Africa.
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Home health care kits will be distributed, and local residents will be trained on how to handle people infected with the disease, USA Today reported. American troops will coordinate the aid effort through a joint command center in Monrovia, Liberia, where the majority of deaths have occurred, USA Today said.
WHO held a consultation in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1-2 September 2015 to advance the development of global norms on data and results sharing in public health emergencies. Government representatives, public health agencies, scientists, research funders, ethicists and industry representatives attended the consultation.
In addition to being a health concern, the virus is also considered a potential bioterrorism threat. In this study, researchers gave the treatment, called MB-003, intravenously to monkeys 104 to 120 hours after they were infected with the Ebola virus and had developed symptoms.