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The old aphorism of ‘time not standing still’ could be very reasonably applied to this month's erudite selection of original research and review articles. These choices (unapologetically) reflect my global health bias but also that of the enjoyment of finding papers that are both thought provocative and that enable us to look at the world through different lenses.
Viral haemorragic fevers
The ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa last year made headlines globally and was appalling in its death toll and the helplessness felt. It has taught us two things. The first of these was that the global infrastructure is ill-equipped for outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) in terms of primary and secondary prevention let alone treatment. The second is that, in an era of dense intercontinental travel, complacency about infection risk in high income countries is at least irrational if not dangerous. Ebola is one of the filovirus family, which in turn is one of four groups of human haemorrhagic fever groups (also including flavi, bunya and arena viruses). Though there has been some progress in specific antivirals and yellow fever, at least is …
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