The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is probably the greatest new infectious disease threat to humans since the emergence of HIV; the WHO has declared it a global health emergency. In addition to the lives taken directly by the disease it is paralysing health services, trade and the livelihoods of some of the poorest in the world. It also poses a threat to other countries in Africa, and cases will occasionally be imported to Europe and elsewhere. This talk will cover the emergence of the disease, how the epidemic has developed, and what we can do to combat the threat posed by Ebola both in Africa and elsewhere.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ebola-emergence-epidemic-and-the-global-response
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Professor Christopher Whitty
Christopher Whitty is Visiting Professor of Public Health at Gresham College. He is also Chief Scientific Advisor and Director of Research and Evidence at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is currently involved in the UK response to Ebola both in Africa and the NHS.