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Lessons from Ebola: Improving infectious disease surveillance to inform outbreak management

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Science Translational Medicine  30 Sep 2015:
Vol. 7, Issue 307, pp. 307rv5
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aab0191

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  • Epidemiological surveillance & borders
    • Carlos Polanco, Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

    To the editor:
    Epidemiological surveillance & borders
    The interesting article by Woolhouse and colleagues (1) [Lessons from Ebola: Improving infectious disease surveillance to inform outbreak management, Science Translational Medicine], describes in genomic-scale, the main points of an infectious disease surveillance guide, on the prevention of severe respiratory disease epidemic outbreak.
    In my view, it is necessary monitoring in real-time the biometric data and the geographical location of frequent travelers, in countries where outbreaks have already occurred. The virus can be transported through land and air borders, without this monitoring the spread of the disease will be more difficult to hold and patient zero would be lost.
    Sincerely yours,
    Carlos Polanco, Ph.D., D.Sc.
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México.

    Carlos Polanco is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México city, México. (

    1. Woolhouse ME, Rambaut A, Kellam P. Lessons from Ebola: Improving infectious disease surveillance to inform outbreak management. Sci Transl Med 2015;7(307):307rv5. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aab0191.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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