Epidemiology & Surveillance

New Disease-Surveillance Tool Helps Detect Any Human Virus

February 5, 2019

During the Zika virus outbreak of 2015-16, public health officials scrambled to contain the epidemic and curb the pathogen's devastating effects on pregnant women. At the same time, scientists around the globe tried to understand the genetics of this mysterious virus.

The Case for Greater Focus on Mosquitoes, Ticks in Epidemiology

August 3, 2018

The textbook approach to managing disease outbreaks focuses on three factors -- pathogen, host, and environment -- but it leaves out one critical component in the case of afflictions such as Zika, malaria, and Lyme: the insect or arthropo