Addressing the next viral outbreak
What is it about?
This opinion was stimulated by the most recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. We proposed 8 common sense and cost effective steps that could be taken from data mining to involving the physician's perspective.
Why is it important?
From past experience of HIV and Ebola it has taken years to come up with potential treatments. At present there are many treatments for HIV but none for Ebola. So if there is a new virus identified that causes an epidemic, how do we treat those with the disease? We suggest we can learn from the data we have and at least try to be prepared by developing approaches and identifying broad spectrum antivirals.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Sean Ekins and Dr Christopher Southan