In this month’s World Health Report, Dr Simon Worrell, Head of Medical Communications at Healix International, discusses his predictions for epidemics across different countries of the world in 2019.
- EBOLA – can control of the spread of this infection in the DRC be possible in 2019?
- ZIKA – what is the probability of new outbreaks of Zika, and what are the delayed consequences of past infections in babies?
- MALARIA – the death rate from this mosquito-borne disease has decreased by 30% over the last decade, but why do epidemics regularly occur?
- MERS – while we have seen limited outbreaks of MERS in the past, what is the probability of a larger outbreak?
- BIRD FLU – could a novel bird flu be a candidate for the next pandemic?
- MEASLES & MUMPS – following a continued poor uptake of the MMR vaccine, what are the likely consequences?
- CHOLERA – for many countries outbreaks of cholera are inevitable. Is this likely to change?