A new social sciences network for infectious threats
Ahmed, Syed Masud
Cheah, Phaik Yeong
De Vries, Daniel
Rashid, Sabina F
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CitationGiles-Vernick, T., Kutalek, R., Napier, D., Kaawa-Mafigiri, D., Dückers, M., Paget, J., . . . Wilkinson, A. (2019). A new social sciences network for infectious threats. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 19(5), 461-463. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(19)30159-8
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to escalate, new outbreaks of Lassa fever, yellow fever, measles, and other infectious diseases erupt around the world, and antimicrobial resistance intensifies from unmanaged use of these drugs. These infectious threats are intertwined with political and economic instability, changing ecological conditions, livestock management and food production practices, and local communities and their marginalised populations. The challenge in addressing these health security threats surpasses conventional response strategies. National governments and international agencies struggle to understand popular reactions to infectious disease emergence and outbreaks and to control deadly diseases.