Reactive To Predictive: Tracking Global Epidemics

Reactive To Predictive: Tracking Global Epidemics

Kojo explores how far the scientific community has come in developing new technology and surveillance programs for tracking, predicting and preventing global disease outbreaks.

In 2003, the SARS virus raised worldwide alarm after it spread undetected for weeks in China, then swept across Asia killing 700 people. For the scientific community, SARS was a global wake-up call, and in the decade since epidemiologists have used new technology to create programs that are both proactive and predictive to identify global "hot spots." We explore what's being done in the lab and in the field to track, prevent and control outbreaks of disease.

Guests

Jonna Mazet

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis; Principal Investigator and Co-Director, PREDICT

John Brownstein

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; co-founder of HealthMap

Ruben Juanes

ARCO Associate Professor in Energy Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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