Over the past two decades, infectious disease outbreaks have had a massive global impact: Ebola, Influenza A (H1N1), SARS, MERS, Zika virus and most recently COVID-19. Meanwhile, researchers worldwide have been working to advance our understanding of these epidemics and how to respond.
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Infectious disease research spikes following an outbreak
Following an outbreak of disease, we see a sharp spike in disease-specific publications, showcasing the research community’s ability to quickly respond to public health needs:
Growth in the field
Emerging infectious disease research has seen an average growth of 6.9 percent annually over the past two decades:
Leading research organizations
Among research aimed at understanding new outbreaks, a rise in publications specifically related to health security suggests an increased focus on public health preparedness. Governmental organizations lead the way in publishing this health security research:
Impact of outbreaks
The number of deaths from outbreaks recorded in the last two decades shows the impact of infectious disease:
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