Diseases and Illnesses

Preparing for the next epidemic is non-partisan work

With the legislative debate over Obamacare in the headlines, some concurrent health care issues have not received the attention they deserve. One critical public health conundrum was recently discussed in testimony at a Congressional hearing. The disturbing news was that medical organizations around the world are unprepared to address potential new global epidemics on multiple levels.

Think Ebola, Zika, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome): these contemporary diseases as well as others all produced widespread morbidity and mortality before effective drugs or treatment plans were developed. This is despite the sure understanding that researchers often have the capability of...