Emerging Infections

The challenge before us is how best to govern ourselves and stymie the flood we unleashed - Ferris Jabr vice

Emerging Infections
Emerging Infections

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How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

Between 60 and 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases in humans come from other animals. Many zoonoses — rabies, Lyme, anthrax, mad cow disease, SARS, Ebola, West Nile, Zika — loom large in public consciousness; others are less familiar: Q fever, orf, Rift Valley fever, Kyasanur Forest disease. More than a few, including influenza, AIDS and the bubonic plague, have caused some of the deadliest outbreaks in recorded history. Although zoonoses are ancient, thought to be referenced in Mesopotamian tablets and the Bible, their numbers have increased in the last few decades, along with the frequency of outbreaks.

Zoonotic pathogens do not typically seek us out nor do they stumble…

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 How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

What do Covid-19, Ebola, Lyme and AIDS have in common? They jumped to humans from animals after we started destroying habitats and ruining ecosystems.

4 reasons disease outbreaks are erupting around the world

MERS, H1N1, swine flu, chikungunya, Zika: Another virus with a peculiar name always seems to be right around the corner, threatening to become a pandemic. Many of the pathogens that spark deadly outbreaks aren't new. Researchers have known about Zika since the 1940s and Ebola since the 1970s. Some of these viruses have evolved with humans for hundreds or thousands of years. But viruses, bacteria, and fungi can now spread around the world with greater effectiveness and speed than ever before. And when they turn up unexpectedly in new places, they catch doctors and health systems — and people's immune systems — off guard.

Solve the Outbreak

Get clues, analyze data, solve the case, and save lives! In this fun app, you get to be the Disease Detective. Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick? Ask for more lab results?

Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases

We've built what has been called one of the world's best programs, organized under the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. We work for you, to understand biological threats to you and your family's health, and to develop treatments and vaccines to keep you healthy and safe.

Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases

Established in 2003, CEID focuses upon research and training regarding emerging infectious diseases, particularly those that are zoonotic.

Emerging Infections Network

In 1995, the CDC granted a Cooperative Agreement Program award to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to develop a provider-based emerging infections sentinel network: the Emerging Infections Network (IDSA EIN). During the past decade, the IDSA EIN has evolved into a flexible sentinel network composed of over 1,100 infectious disease specialists primarily from North America, with some global members. The overarching goal of the EIN is to assist CDC and other public health authorities with surveillance for emerging infectious diseases and related phenomena.

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Emerging Infectious Diseases represents the scientific communications component of CDC's efforts against the threat of emerging infections. However, even as it addresses CDC's interest in the elusive, continuous, evolving, and global nature of these infections, the journal relies on a broad international authorship base and is rigorously peer-reviewed by independent reviewers from all over the world.

Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER)

The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections.

California Emerging Infections Program

As part of the EIP network, the CEIP has been an invaluable national resource for surveillance, prevention, and control of emerging infectious diseases since 1994.

Duke Global Health Institute

Seeking solutions to the world’s most challenging health problems.

Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Program

The required curriculum consists of the core courses and electives, training rotations in research laboratories, and completion of a research dissertation. Every student will also be required to attend an EID Journal Club and an EID Seminar Series.

National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories

Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) research in the NEIDL is underway as of early April 2012. BU researchers dedicate their current efforts to tuberculosis (TB) research with BSL-2 approval.

Healthcare Industry Today

Emerging Infectious Diseases News is an EIN News Service for health professionals. Constantly updated news and information about health.

National Center for Infectious Diseases

Emerging Infectious Diseases Resource Links


Disease Outbreak News


An emerging infectious disease (EID) is an infectious disease whose incidence has increased in the past 35 years and could increase in the near future.

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