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Need of surveillance response systems to combat Ebola outbreaks and other emerging infectious diseases in African countries

Overview of attention for article published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty, August 2014
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Title
Need of surveillance response systems to combat Ebola outbreaks and other emerging infectious diseases in African countries
Published in
Infectious Diseases of Poverty, August 2014
DOI 10.1186/2049-9957-3-29
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Authors

Ernest Tambo, Emmanuel Chidiebere Ugwu, Jeane Yonkeu Ngogang

Abstract

There is growing concern in Sub-Saharan Africa about the spread of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, and the public health burden that it ensues. Since 1976, there have been 885,343 suspected and laboratory confirmed cases of EVD and the disease has claimed 2,512 cases and 932 fatality in West Africa. There are certain requirements that must be met when responding to EVD outbreaks and this process could incur certain challenges. For the purposes of this paper, five have been identified: (i) the deficiency in the development and implementation of surveillance response systems against Ebola and others infectious disease outbreaks in Africa; (ii) the lack of education and knowledge resulting in an EVD outbreak triggering panic, anxiety, psychosocial trauma, isolation and dignity impounding, stigmatisation, community ostracism and resistance to associated socio-ecological and public health consequences; (iii) limited financial resources, human technical capacity and weak community and national health system operational plans for prevention and control responses, practices and management; (iv) inadequate leadership and coordination; and (v) the lack of development of new strategies, tools and approaches, such as improved diagnostics and novel therapies including vaccines which can assist in preventing, controlling and containing Ebola outbreaks as well as the spread of the disease. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop and implement an active early warning alert and surveillance response system for outbreak response and control of emerging infectious diseases. Understanding the unending risks of transmission dynamics and resurgence is essential in implementing rapid effective response interventions tailored to specific local settings and contexts.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Burkina Faso 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Nigeria 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Grenada 1 <1%
Unknown 234 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 54 22%
Researcher 41 17%
Student > Bachelor 33 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 32 13%
Student > Postgraduate 21 9%
Other 52 21%
Unknown 11 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 87 36%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 30 12%
Social Sciences 22 9%
Computer Science 9 4%
Other 48 20%
Unknown 18 7%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 8. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2018.
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#2,363,454
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#92
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