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Ebola Cases and Health System Demand in Liberia


In 2014, a major epidemic of human Ebola virus disease emerged in West Africa, where human-to-human transmission has now been sustained for …


Characterizing the Transmission Dynamics and Control of Ebola Virus Disease

1. Briand S, Bertherat E, Cox P, Formenty P, Kieny MP, et al. (2014) The international Ebola emergency. N Engl J Med 371: 1180–1183. doi: …


How Will the Ebola Epidemic End? | Speaking of Medicine

Upon his return from 6 weeks volunteering with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership at a number of Ebola isolation facilities in Freetown, Tom Boyles

Public Health

Publishing to Keep up with Ebola

As you read this, thread-like viruses less than one micron in length are spreading through human populations in West Africa, taking lives, wrecking …


Projected Impact of Vaccination Timing and Dose Availability on the Course of the 2014 West African Ebola Epidemic


The 2014 West African Ebola epidemic has evolved into a human catastrophe of historical proportions 1 ; as of October 22, 2014, nearly …


Assessment of the Risk of Ebola Importation to Australia


The largest outbreak of Ebola virus ever recorded continues to spread in West Africa. In response, the World Health Organisation (WHO) …

Travel (Australia)

Ebola and Indirect Effects on Health Service Function in Sierra Leone


Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) continues to ravage Sierra Leone. Experts have expressed concerns of complete breakdown in civic society.1 To …


Is West Africa Approaching a Catastrophic Phase or is the 2014 Ebola Epidemic Slowing Down? Different Models Yield Different Answers for Liberia


An unprecedented epidemic of Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) has affected West Africa since approximately December 2013, with intense transmission …


Shed GP of Ebola Virus Triggers Immune Activation and Increased Vascular Permeability

1. Baize S, Pannetier D, Oestereich L, Rieger T, Koivogui L, et al. (2014) Emergence of Zaire Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea - Preliminary Report. N …


A Three-Scale Network Model for the Early Growth Dynamics of 2014 West Africa Ebola Epidemic


As of mid-October 2014, the number of reported suspected cases of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa had exceeded 9,000 cases, which is …


The UCSC Ebola Genome Portal


The Ebola epidemic continues to grow in West Africa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated the occurrence of 21,000 cases …

Life Sciences

What Factors Might Have Led to the Emergence of Ebola in West Africa? | Speaking of Medicine

The below manuscript was initially posted here on November 11th, 2014 following its conditional acceptance by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for

Social Pathways for Ebola Virus Disease in Rural Sierra Leone, and some Implications for Containment | Speaking of Medicine

The below manuscript was initially posted here on October 31st, 2014 following its conditional acceptance by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases for

Sierra Leone

Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors | Speaking of Medicine

Sara Gorman compares “irrational” reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans and West Africans.

As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has …


Modeling the Impact of Interventions on an Epidemic of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia


West Africa is currently experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, a viral hemorrhagic fever. On March 23, 2014 the World Health …

Sierra Leone

On the Quarantine Period for Ebola Virus


For contagious diseases, to reduce the spread, it is necessary and desirable to quarantine each individual who might have been exposed …


Improving the health of pre-adolescent children: The latest update to the Pediatric Medicine Collection | Speaking of Medicine

In celebration of PLOS Medicine’s 10th birthday, we announce an exciting update to the Pediatric Medicine Collection, highlighting new articles

Regular Breakfast Consumption and Type 2 Diabetes Risk Markers in 9- to 10-Year-Old Children in the Child Heart and Health Study in England (CHASE): A Cross-Sectional Analysis

1. Ehtisham S, Hattersley AT, Dunger DB, Barrett TG (2004) First UK survey of paediatric type 2 diabetes and MODY. Arch Dis Child 89: 526–529. doi: …

Hand Sanitiser Provision for Reducing Illness Absences in Primary School Children: A Cluster Randomised Trial



The potential for transmission of infectious diseases offered by the school environment are likely to be an important contributor …

Mortality after Parental Death in Childhood: A Nationwide Cohort Study from Three Nordic Countries

1. Stroebe MS, Hansson RO, Schut H, Stroebe W (2008) Handbook of bereavement research and practice: advances in theory and intervention. Washington …

Pediatric Oncology as the Next Global Child Health Priority: The Need for National Childhood Cancer Strategies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

1. Howard SC, Metzger ML, Wilimas JA, Quintana Y, Pui C-H, et al. (2008) Childhood cancer epidemiology in low-income countries. Cancer 112: 461–472. …

Barriers to Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling for Children in a High HIV Prevalence Setting: A Mixed Methods Study



There is a substantial burden of HIV infection among older children in sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of whom are diagnosed after …

Provider-Initiated HIV Testing and Counselling for Children

1. UNAIDS (2013) Global report: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013. New York: Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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Today PLOS ONE launches the Responding to Climate Change Collection. At its centre is a paper published last December, “Assessing ‘Dangerous Climate …

Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature

1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007) Climate Change 2007: Physical Science Basis, Solomon, S, Dahe, Q, Manning M, Chen Z, Marquis M, …

Climate Exposure of US National Parks in a New Era of Change


US national parks are challenged by climate and other forms of broad-scale environmental change that operate beyond administrative boundaries …

Identifying the Science and Technology Dimensions of Emerging Public Policy Issues through Horizon Scanning

1. Sutherland WJ, Fleishman E, Mascia MB, Pretty P, Rudd MA (2011) Methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in …

Awareness of Climate Change and the Dietary Choices of Young Adults in Finland: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study


Climate change is a major public health threat that is exacerbated by food production. Food items differ substantially in the amount of …

20∶60∶20 - Differences in Energy Behaviour and Conservation between and within Households with Electricity Monitors


The introduction of electricity monitors (in-home displays; IHDs), which show accurate and up-to-the-minute energy usage, is expected to lead …

A Risk-Based Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering


Geoengineering by stratospheric aerosol injection has been proposed as a policy response to warming from human emissions of greenhouse gases, …