PerspectiveInfectious Diseases

Beyond Ebola

Science  19 Feb 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6275, pp. 815-816
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8521

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On 14 January 2016, Liberia was declared Ebola-free. A new case was identified shortly after the announcement, but it is nevertheless clear that the West African epidemic has moved on to a more hopeful phase. What lessons can be drawn from the Ebola crisis to help the international community to prepare for and respond to the next global epidemic? This question is particularly pertinent given the recent declaration of the Zika virus as a public health emergency.