Edinburgh scientists identify pandemic threat viruses

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have released a list of over 30 viruses that are the most likely candidates to cause the next major pandemic.

In a report published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases scientists Professor Mark E J Woolhouse, Liam Brierley, Chris McCaffery and Dr Sam Lycett detail the methodology used to identify the 37 viruses that should be most closely monitored as potential pandemic threats.

“Of human transmissible virus, 37 species have so far been restricted to self-limiting outbreaks. These viruses are priorities for surveillance because relatively minor changes in their epidemiologies can potentially lead to major changes in the threat they pose to public health. On the basis of comparisons across all recognized human viruses, we consider the characteristics of these priority viruses and assess the likelihood that they will further emerge in human populations.”

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Sierra Leone still suffers the consequences of Ebola

Over 11,000 people died of ebola in west Africa. Many who were affected by the disease survived and are living with the after effects.

In Sierra Leone there are 4,000 ebola survivors.

Dr Anders Nordström, WHO country representative for Sierra Leone, discusses how the country is better prepared for another outbreak. Systems are now in place for earlier detection of future health threats like ebola.

YOUTUBE : https://youtu.be/3btW6K_I_ys

DATE : 28 November 2016

SOURCE : Al Jazeera