Author: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Tackling Cholera in Haiti: A Multi-Faceted Approach

The PLOS medical journals reflect on Haiti’s cholera epidemic, and the value of moving forward with an emphasis on holistic practice and research.

Image Credit: FMSC, Flickr

Image Credit: FMSC, Flickr

Almost three years ago, in May of 2011, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases published a Viewpoints piece, Meeting Cholera’s Challenge to Haiti and the World: A Joint Statement on Cholera Prevention and Care, which urged the development of a “comprehensive, integrated strategy” in response to Haiti’s 2010 cholera epidemic. The Pan American Health Organization estimates that the outbreak now includes over 650,000 survivors and 8,100 fatal cases. Indeed, the epidemic has had enormous repercussions for a nation already facing the effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

At PLOS, research and opinion from across the medical journals, and this blog, have grappled with the issues raised by that first joint statement. The topics have ranged from an investigation of mass vaccination feasibility to an analysis of Haiti’s water-borne bacteria, and each article has helped to build an important new knowledge base. Though the task of ending cholera in Haiti remains daunting, this knowledge ensures that future efforts can be faster, more thorough, and ultimately, more successful.
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Vaccine Hesitancy: A Call for Papers from PLOS Currents: Outbreaks

PLOS Currents: Outbreaks issues a call for papers in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on the issue of vaccine hesitancy.

CurrentsPostcard-Outbreaks_finalThe prevention of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, rubella, or polio, is dependent on herd immunity.  Yet ensuring widespread vaccination coverage is complicated by a wide range of factors, not least vaccine hesitancy, through which segments of the public are uncertain about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations.

In May 2013 the ECDC hosted a multi-disciplinary scoping meeting to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy. Participants came from the fields of psychology, anthropology, epidemiology and medicine to discuss trends in the public acceptance of vaccines, with the following objectives:

• to explore the key drivers behind recent trends in measles epidemiology and vaccination coverage in Europe

• to identify and conceptualize the myriad social and political factors that affect individual decision-making as concerns vaccination

• to identify and examine best practices in public health for monitoring and addressing public mistrust in vaccines

• to identify potential ECDC activities in this field
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Vaccine Hesitancy: A Call for Papers from PLOS Currents: Outbreaks

PLOS Currents: Outbreaks issues a call for papers in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on the issue of vaccine hesitancy.

CurrentsPostcard-Outbreaks_finalThe prevention of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, rubella, or polio, is dependent on herd immunity.  Yet ensuring widespread vaccination coverage is complicated by a wide range of factors, not least vaccine hesitancy, through which segments of the public are uncertain about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations.

In May 2013 the ECDC hosted a multi-disciplinary scoping meeting to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy. Participants came from the fields of psychology, anthropology, epidemiology and medicine to discuss trends in the public acceptance of vaccines, with the following objectives:

• to explore the key drivers behind recent trends in measles epidemiology and vaccination coverage in Europe

• to identify and conceptualize the myriad social and political factors that affect individual decision-making as concerns vaccination

• to identify and examine best practices in public health for monitoring and addressing public mistrust in vaccines

• to identify potential ECDC activities in this field
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State of Knowledge on MERS-CoV

Tweeterview with Tony Mounts from WHO


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