For decades, the U.S. and China have collaborated on international health issues, and the timing has never been more pivotal to take that partnership to the next level, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., told an audience of the world’s most elite physicians, scientists, policymakers, government officials and business leaders during the China-U.S. Relations Conference keynote address on May 12.
Disease outbreaks, such as the H5N1 avian influenza, H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009, and more recently the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, exposed the need for quick access to high-quality, life-saving vaccines and therapeutics, and the importance of reliable, U.S.-based vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities and expertise.
New, rapid point-of-care TB test dramatically reduces the current delays in diagnosis with incredible accuracy, accelerating appropriate treatment and reducing the death rate of the highly infectious disease. Low-cost, easy-to-use test has the potential to eradicate TB.
While much attention has been focused on the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,000 lives across West Africa, there are other, more easily spread infectious diseases lurking – like pandemic influenza virus. Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, speaks about pandemic influenza, its implications for society, and actions the public health community can take to mitigate damage and save lives.