How Fast Can An Outbreak Be Detected?


Since 2010, Uganda has set a standard for quick detection and response time to deadly hemorrhagic fevers common to the area, including Ebola. As a coordinated effort between the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the Uganda Virus Research Institute, and the CDC, this program has cut down outbreak response time from two weeks to two days, ultimately reducing the intensity and duration of disease outbreaks. Uganda’s program became the basis for the Global Health Security Agenda, which has expanded to a partnership of 50 nations and organizations.

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Samantha Underwood

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