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Improving outbreak response

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Science  02 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6414, pp. 530
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav2473

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In Outbreak Culture, geneticist Pardis Sabeti joins journalist Lara Salahi to examine the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of the clinical workers, researchers, and health agency personnel who experienced it firsthand. They note in particular three factors that foster a culture that can compromise outbreak response: (i) fear; (ii) the instinct to protect oneself, others, or institutions; and (iii) the desire to exploit. The book focuses on what happens when these motives collide, indicting poor policies, ineffective decision-making, and bad actors.