Hopefully technology will one day be able to eliminate potential killers before they start to spread - but until then its necessary to be vigilant to the pandemics that don't differentiate between those with a plan to live forever and those without.
I'll add more individual pages - but for now the looming pandemic is Ebola.
What's the chance of a deadly disease annihilating the world's population? Some of the key factors are:
- ease of transmission - by contact or air
- is it infectious before symptoms so that public health measures can be used?
- how deadly is it? lots of novel flus are no worse than seasonal ones
- can it be prevented or treated?
Homeland Security Digital Library - Pandemics and Epidemics
Including response plans for avian influenza, Ebola and Zika virus
Read more about: Ebola.
Pandemics Blog PostsDoomsday virus - it could happen to us in the blink of an eye
Over 1,000 deaths in new Ebola outbreak in DRCIndependent - 05-May-2019
Vaccine may be controlling outbreak for now, but could explode at any timeRead more...
Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo - still not a global threatBBC - 12-Apr-2019
No need to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”Read more...
Dangerous toxins accidentally released from labs every few daysVOX - 20-Mar-2019
All too easy to get lax about safety when you work with deadly materials every dayRead more...