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Letters Ebola outbreak

Need for an international health emergency response force for future epidemic outbreaks

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h277
  1. Shao Yiming, professor of immunology1
  1. 1State Key Laboratory for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, 102206, People’s Republic of China
  1. yshao{at}

Tomori shows that west Africa was totally unprepared for the outbreak of Ebola virus disease.1 The world community has the moral responsibility to make African and other developing countries better prepared for future outbreaks.

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