More than two dozen health care experts and researchers from National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC).
including 10 Regional Special Pathogen Treatment Centers (RESPTC) demonstrate the inextricable link between infectious disease preparedness and health security in Special Pathogen Preparedness in the United States: From Ebola to COVID-19 and Beyond, a special supplement to the June issue of Health security published in full on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Drawing on their experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and their expertise in infectious disease management, the authors address the need for special pathogen preparedness on a global scale: critical contributions from U.S. Regional Special Pathogen Programs in the COVID-19 response, to improve crisis conditions in a healthcare infrastructure strained by the pandemic, the importance of international cooperation in biocontainment, and beyond.
“We find ourselves living in a time of epidemics. From HIV and West Nile to SARS, Ebola, COVID and monkeypox, dangerous outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging pathogens are occurring with increasing frequency,” says Dr. Eric Toner, Editor in guest conductor of Health security and Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “Hospitals that are well-prepared and able to handle high-consequence pathogens have never been more important. NETEC’s work in education and training on special pathogens should be documented and widely shared.
Released as global cases of special pathogens like Monkeypox are on the rise and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Special Pathogen Preparedness in the United States: From Ebola to COVID-19 and Beyond provides in-depth and sustained analysis of the special pathogen ecosystem in the United States and abroad, advancing infectious disease preparedness at a time when health agencies must prepare for known pathogen threats and thus far unknown.
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Read the special health security supplement here. To learn more about NETEC’s training and support services, or to speak to a NETEC expert, visit online service request portal or email [email protected].
NETEC’s mission is to set the benchmark for special pathogen preparedness and response in U.S. healthcare systems with the goal of promoting best practices, closing knowledge gaps, and developing innovative resources.
Established in 2015 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the successful treatment of patients infected with Ebola in 2014, NETEC is working to build a sustainable infrastructure and a culture of preparedness by leveraging the unique expertise of regional partners and federal agencies to assess the preparedness of health facilities, train providers, provide technical assistance and build rapid research infrastructure.
Visit NETEC.org for more information.
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