Four steps to precision public health

by Scott F. Dowell, David Blazes & Susan Desmond-Hellmann
Nature 540, 189–191 (08 December 2016)

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To control the spread of infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola, developing nations will need to employ “precision public health,” a strategy already used by wealthy nations. The approach uses robust primary surveillance data and sophisticated analytics to map geographical distribution of disease, and then evaluates a country’s available resources to recommend suitable interventions. The publication lists 4 steps that would make precision public health readily available to the developing world: register births and deaths, track disease, incorporate laboratory analyses and train more people.

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