Need of surveillance response systems to combat Ebola outbreaks and other emerging infectious diseases in African countries

by Ernest Tambo, Emmanuel Chidiebere Ugwu and Jeane Yonkeu Ngogang
Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014, 3:29 (5 August 2014)

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There is growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa about the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, and the public health burden that it ensues. Since 1976, there have been 884,955 suspected and laboratory confirmed cases of EVD and the disease has claimed 2,309 lives including 729 lives in West Africa. There are certain requirements that must be met when responding to EVD outbreaks and this process could incur certain challenges. There is an urgent need to develop and implement an active early warning alert and surveillance response system for outbreak response and control of emerging infectious diseases.

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