Background

New and re-emerging diseases spread quickly across the globe, resulting in outbreaks that overwhelm health systems, jeopardize lives, and devastate economies. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is now the second-largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history. In 2018, numerous other outbreaks including Rift Valley fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and Lassa fever also threatened the global community. While the international community has made significant progress in mitigating infectious disease threats, challenges remain, and the work to achieve global health security is ongoing.

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