Eileen R. Choffnes

Articles by Eileen R. Choffnes

16 April 2008

Improving infectious disease surveillance

Eileen R. Choffnes

The advance of human civilization has brought people, plants, animals, and microbes together in otherwise improbable combinations and locations. Today, international travel and commerce (most notably the explosive growth of commercial air transportation during the past 50 years) drives the rapid, global distribution of microbial pathogens, and the organisms that harbor them. These include humans, whose migrations have been implicated in the spread of diseases including SARS, drug-resistant malaria, and chikungunya (a vector-borne viral disease) in Europe.

1 September 2006
The breadth of biological threats is much broader than commonly thought and will continue to expand.