Malaria, cholera, Zika virus, and measles are just a few of the health epidemics effecting resource-poor countries. The health response by leading world health organizations may offer affordable and efficient vaccinations and treatment. However, unreported cases of illness often trigger the outbreak of epidemics and threaten the world as a whole.
Recently, Doctors Without Borders noted the following diseases as high level epidemic concerns for 2016…
1. Zika, Chikungunya, and MERS
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Chikungunya, and Zika, which has been in the news since early 2016, are on the rise in new countries. With little preventative measures and no treatments in place for Zika virus, identifying epidemic prone areas to put control measures in place is vital.
For Doctors Without Borders, the top priority is to spread health awareness and education in the affected population so at risk areas know how to prevent viruses and also what to do if they become infected. There is also ongoing research and development underway for vaccines and treatments