|Fig.1. Ebola response worker in full personal protective equipment|
(Credit: UNMEER via Flickr, 2014)
An editorial based on SciColl’s 2014 workshop on emerging infectious diseases has just been released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. From the first case to a worldwide eradication effort, scientific collections are necessary for disease research and response. This week, public health officials join in the fight against mysterious diseases and call for increased communication and collaboration.
- What causes a disease outbreak and how does it spread? Scientific collections offer a powerful tool to understand and respond to deadly pathogens: “Opinion: Specimen Collections Should Have A Much Bigger Role In Infectious Disease Research And Response:” PNAS (05 January, 2016)
- Some scientists argue that a culture of data stewardship and sharing versus data ownership is necessary to respond quickly and effectively to public health crises: “Developing Global Norms For Sharing Data And Results During Public Health Emergencies,” PLOS Medicine (05 January 2016)
- A mysterious epidemic of the Guinea worm in dogs threatens ongoing efforts to eradicate the parasitic infection in humans: “Dogs Thwart Effort To Eradicate Guinea Worm,” Nature (05 January 2016)
- An obscure mosquito-borne virus could be related to an alarming surge of infants with a rare and dangerous disorder. Researchers and health care professionals are racing to understand this connection and stop the pathogen’s spread: “Alarm Spreads In Brazil Over A Virus And A Surge In Malformed Infants,” New York Times (30 December 2015)