Are we prepared to face public health threats?

Tom Frieden • APRIL 7, 2015

Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses the United States's approach to managing and responding to infectious disease threats. According to Frieden, infectious diseases are a fixture of the biological environment, but we can control them. The most important thing in global health is epidemiological field training. Giving individuals the proper training enables them to identify and control outbreaks before they spread. Frieden describes how the CDC works directly with countries to prevent avoidable catastrophes, detect threats early, and respond rapidly. With regard to Ebola, he believes that the high case fatality of the disease can be brought down and that proper public health interventions can limit its threat.

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