Responding to Emerging Infectious Diseases

Professor Paul Anantharajah Tambyah1
1Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine National University of Singapore


The last couple of decades have seen an unprecedented surge in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases from SARS to MERS to Zika, Ebola and the numerous strains of avian influenza. These have created huge challenges for infection and prevention professionals. There is a tendency to over-react to highly publicized outbreaks and that can have adverse consequences. On the other hand, missing an emerging infectious disease which is highly contagious can be devastating. The challenge is to develop the optimum strategy to protect patients and staff without compromising routine patient care.

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