Disease Control in the 21st Century

I recently viewed a TED lecture by  Larry Brilliant on stopping pandemics.

http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_brilliant_wants_to_stop_pandemics.html

Larry Brilliant was a part of the smallpox eradication team that was  responsible for the global eradication of  smallpox (1967-1980).   This was one  of the greatest accomplishments in public health.  His message for disease control now as then is “early detection, early response.”

He advocates for  innovative surveillance systems for early detection such as the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), an organization that monitors internet media sources in seven  languages to detect events  of public health significance .  Early detection is vital to  successful early response .

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