A Pre-Emptive Strike on Outbreaks

Mapping areas at high-risk for 4 hemorrhagic fevers and improving surveillance of animals that transmit the diseases are key steps in prevention, according to new research.

The study, published in the Lancet, found hotspots in the last Ebola outbreak are likely to see more. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 8 outbreaks since Ebola’s discovery in 1976.

Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo remain threats thanks to the animals that carry the fatal diseases. Researchers recommended a decentralized approach to find exactly where “local surveillance and pre-emptive countermeasures are most needed,” said University of Washington’s Simon Hay.


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