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Biosurveillance

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases before they become epidemics
July 15, 2013
Biosurveillance

Can we learn to identify and adapt to emerging diseases—whether natural or manmade—before they spread around the world?

Preventing the spread of infectious diseases before they become epidemics

Emerging infectious diseases, potential bioterrorism, and known pathogens like tuberculosis and flu  pose an unending threat. Biosurveillance, a component of biosecurity in general, is the effort to track the spread of disease early (by using novel data sources like Google searches on symptoms) or even before the outbreak begins (by monitoring potential disease reservoirs like mosquitoes or livestock). Los Alamos scientists are hard at work on early-warning strategies like these, sophisticated epidemic forecasting models, and the development of rapid, inexpensive, field-ready detection assays that can reliably recognize harmful pathogens.

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