Emerging infectious diseases

The threat of emerging infectious diseases is the focus of the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice, which includes papers on mosquitoes, Zika virus and Australia’s response to the Ebola threat.

The guest editor for Issue 5 (2016) is Dr Jeremy McAnulty, the Director of Health Protection NSW, and themed articles include a perspective paper that discusses research needs in the field, especially relating to genomics, digital epidemiology and pathogens jumping the species barrier. Another article examines how emerging infectious diseases pose a risk to countries such as Australia, and why effective responses need to be well coordinated and flexible. Other papers discuss the value of surveillance systems for arboviruses and mosquito monitoring in NSW; the latest recommendations on the use of topical mosquito repellents; and former Ebola ‘tsar’ Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert takes a fresh look at how Australia responded to the Ebola threat in West Africa.

Our non-themed articles look at the perceptions of meningococcal disease in a regional area of NSW; the availability and acceptability of falls prevention services for older Aboriginal people, and a continuous quality improvement approach to Aboriginal tobacco resistance and control. Lastly, we include an analysis of online news and blog comments about an Australian celebrity Chrissie Swan who admitted smoking while pregnant, which suggests that more resources are needed to strengthen the public health response to online media.

Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, published by the Sax Institute with a strong focus on the connection between research, policy and practice.

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