Special Issue "Emerging and Re-emerging Special Pathogens: A Growing Global Health Threat"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817). This special issue belongs to the section "Emerging Pathogens".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Syra Madad
Guest Editor
System-wide Special Pathogens Program, New York City Health + Hospitals, 125 Worth Street, Suite 412, New York, NY 10013, USA
Interests: highly infectious disease preparedness and response; emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; global health
Ms. Priya Dhagat
Guest Editor
System-wide Special Pathogens Program, New York City Health + Hospitals, 125 Worth Street, Suite 402, New York, NY 10013, USA
Interests: infection prevention; emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases; healthcare preparedness; laboratory science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing global health threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases poses a significant challenge to healthcare systems around the world. Substantial advances have been made in public health and healthcare infrastructure, particularly in vaccines, antibiotic drugs, sanitation infrastructure, intensive care capacity, and medical technology. Despite these developments, infectious diseases are not only spreading faster at an unprecedented rate around the globe, they also appear to be emerging more quickly and becoming increasingly difficult to treat.

Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are classified as infectious diseases that have gained an increased incidence within a specific population or geographic area or those that have significantly declined over time but are resurfacing and causing widespread disease. Recent examples include Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Zika, Chikungunya, and avian influenza, measles, mumps, and multidrug resistant organisms.

Several factors contribute to the emergence or re-emergence of infectious diseases, such as population growth and human behavior, international travel, climate and ecological change, microbial adaptation, economic development, and breakdown in public health measures. Combinations of these factors may lead to fast and widespread transmission to populations across the world, resulting in potentially large-scale epidemics or pandemics. Public health, in turn, would face severe challenges, including healthcare infrastructure and staffing burdens, economic damage, and widespread fear. Ongoing efforts to address emerging and re-emerging infection disease from a local to a global platform include epidemiologic surveillance, diagnostic and therapeutic development, and education and preparedness.

For this Special Issue of Pathogens, we invite authors to submit articles covering all aspects of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, global health and security, epidemiology and surveillance, travel-associated illness, preparedness and response of healthcare system, factors contributing to emergence, and education and public health preparedness.

Dr. Syra Madad
Ms. Priya Dhagat
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Pathogens is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • emerging infectious diseases
  • re-emerging infectious diseases
  • special pathogens
  • global health threat

Published Papers

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