Ebola

MONROVIA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 03:  A World Health Organization (WHO), instructor teaches new health workers during a training session on October 3, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. The WHO is training some 400 new health workers in two-week courses for the Liberian Ministry of Health. Many of the new health workers will be stationed in some of th 17 Ebola treatment units to be built by the U.S. military.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Who’s Going to Be the Next Leader of WHO?

As the World Health Organization votes in a monumental open ballot for its new chief, the developing world and the developed world are in a battle of ideas.

Passengers get their temperature measured as part of prophylactic measures against the spread of the Ebola virus upon their arrival at Boende's airport, on October 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO KATHY KATAYI         (Photo credit should read KATHY KATAYI/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Returns in Congo, a Test of ‘Next Time’

Is the global health community ready to stop another outbreak?

GBARNGA, LIBERIA - OCTOBER 07:  U.S. Navy microbiologist Lt. Jimmy Regeimbal prepares to test blood samples for Ebola at the U.S. Navy mobile laboratory of on October 7, 2014 near Gbarnga in Bong County of central Liberia. The U.S. now operates 4 mobile laboratories in Liberia as part of the American response to the Ebola epidemic. The disease has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa, according to the World Health Organization.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Zika Is Just the First Front in the 21st-Century Biowar

Why a new era of synthetic biology could make the dangers of the atomic age seem quaint.

Health workers from the Sierra Leone's Red Cross Society Burial Team 7 are sprayed with desinfectant after removing a corpse from a house in Freetown on November 12, 2014. Red Cross has been providing a Safe and Digified Burial, with teams of 9 or 10 elements including a Beneficiary Communicator, in charge of adressing the community, explaining how to protect from the Ebola virus and reasuring the relatives that all due respect for the dead body and grant them access to the burial. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG        (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Lives On in Survivors’ Eyeballs and Testicles

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is over, but shocking new science suggests that tens of thousands of survivors could still be carriers.

KENEMA, SIERRA LEONE - AUGUST 26:  A member of a volunteer medical team wears special uniform for the burial of 7 people, sterilized after dying due to the Ebola virus, in Kptema graveyard in Kenema, Sierra Leone on August 26, 2014. In recent months, Ebola  a contagious disease for which there is no known treatment or cure  has claimed at least 1429 lives in West Africa, mostly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. (Photo by )

The Disease Detective Who Speaks the Truth About Epidemics

In the wake of Ebola and the Zika outbreak, a new book maps out the best, smartest ways to combat man’s greatest killers.

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Is Jim Kim Destroying the World Bank — or Saving it From Itself?

The good doctor Kim is out to salvage the bank's global relevance. But his radical reforms have critics calling for his head.

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White House Shifts Ebola Funds to Try to Stop Spread of Zika

HHS chief says Zika's arrival in the U.S. is a matter of when, not if.

HAMPSTEAD, NH - FEBRUARY 8: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a town hall meeting at BeanTowne Coffee on February 8, 2016 in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Candidates are in a last push one day before voters go to the polls in the "First in the Nation" presidential primary on February 9. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

A Plea to Presidential Candidate Christie: Please Stop Talking About Zika

As governor of New Jersey, his handling of Ebola quarantines was abysmal. And on the campaign trail, Chris Christie is promising to make the same mistakes all over again—this time with the Zika virus.

A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus on October 18, 2014 at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. The death toll in the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak has shot past 4,500, killing at least half of the more than 9,000 people infected, fresh World Health Organization figures showed on October 17. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO        (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About

When the outbreak hit West Africa, fevers spiked – and so did rates of teenage pregnancy.

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Ebola Is Now Killing People Who Aren’t Even Infected

The epidemic has waned, but the virus still threatens the lives of women and children in West Africa.

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How Liberia’s Latest Ebola Case Slipped Through the Cracks

Just weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free, the newest case of the deadly virus revealed worrying shortfalls in its ability to prevent another outbreak.

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Epidemics on the Move

2013 Global Thinker Caroline Buckee and FP Voice Laurie Garrett discuss how human migration — and the refugee crisis — poses an immense problem to treating disease.

Sierra Leonese government burial team members close the lid of a coffin over the body of Dr Modupeh Cole, Sierra Leone's second senior physician to die of Ebola, on a truck at the MSF facility in Kailahun, on August 14, 2014. Kailahun along with the Kenema district is at the epicentre of the worst epidemic of Ebola since its discovery four decades ago. The death toll stands at more than 1,000. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria on August 14 while the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone and analysts warned of a heavy economic toll on the stricken region.   AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA        (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the Global Public Health System Learn From Its Ebola Mistakes?

With the crisis gone, the time for soul-searching has begun. But real reforms are what’s needed.

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