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Preventing an epidemic: Lessons learned from Ebola

Zika, Ebola, MERS and Swine Flu – these viruses have captured international attention in recent years as part of an apparent surge in epidemics. The struggle to contain Ebola last year shifted the focus towards the developing world’s broken health-care systems and their seeming inability to effectively cope with the increasing demands placed upon them. […]

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Zika virus thought to have infected 1.6 million

A neurological condition associated with the Zika virus has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) director general, Margaret Chan. Researchers appear certain that the virus is responsible for a massive increase in occurrences of microcephaly, despite a lack of clear evidence to prove causality. Microcephaly – a […]