Nov 7, 2018 - Pardis Christine Sabeti, recipient of the 2017 Richard Lounsbery Awardpresented the Lounsbery Lecture, "Genomic Surveillance and Response System for Infectious Disease Outbreaks" at the University Massachusetts, Boston.
Long before Ebola erupted into a full-blown outbreak, it spread undetected. The consequences were devastating, yet the next pandemic—Zika—was already circulating under the radar.
Oversights like this occur surprisingly often even in the best U.S. hospitals, where most infectious diseases are not properly diagnosed or tracked until it is too late. Health workers on the ground—nurses, doctors and public health agencies—don’t have the tools and information they need, when they need them most. To defeat outbreaks and save lives, the world needs diagnostic tools and integrated information systems that can detect infectious threats and track their spread.
Watch to learn the 5 steps Sabeti says we must take to improve our systems and track the spread of outbreaks.