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Viruses 2014, 6(10), 3699-3718; doi:10.3390/v6103699

A Call to Action to Enhance Filovirus Disease Outbreak Preparedness and Response

Independent Epidemiology Consultant, Barcelona, 08010, Spain
Received: 8 September 2014 / Revised: 23 September 2014 / Accepted: 23 September 2014 / Published: 30 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Ebolavirus, Marburgvirus, and Cuevavirus Research)
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Abstract

The frequency and magnitude of recognized and declared filovirus-disease outbreaks have increased in recent years, while pathogenic filoviruses are potentially ubiquitous throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Meanwhile, the efficiency and effectiveness of filovirus-disease outbreak preparedness and response efforts are currently limited by inherent challenges and persistent shortcomings. This paper delineates some of these challenges and shortcomings and provides a proposal for enhancing future filovirus-disease outbreak preparedness and response. The proposal serves as a call for prompt action by the organizations that comprise filovirus-disease outbreak response teams, namely, Ministries of Health of outbreak-prone countries, the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Atlanta, and others. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ebola; ebolavirus; Marburg virus; marburgvirus; Filoviridae; filovirus; outbreak; preparedness; response; data collection; treatment; guidelines; surveillance Ebola; ebolavirus; Marburg virus; marburgvirus; Filoviridae; filovirus; outbreak; preparedness; response; data collection; treatment; guidelines; surveillance
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Roddy, P. A Call to Action to Enhance Filovirus Disease Outbreak Preparedness and Response. Viruses 2014, 6, 3699-3718.

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