Policy and public health in microbiology

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News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    Access to toilets and basic sanitation systems revolutionized living environments and reduced the burden from diarrhoeal diseases in the developed world. With more than half of the global population still living without access to a household toilet, the need to tackle this feculent problem requires greater prominence.

  • Comments and Opinion |

    Looking back at how Zika virus emergence was handled during and after the 2015–2016 outbreak will be important for assessing how well multiple relevant stakeholders were integrated to mount a response, and can provide the groundwork to better cope with emerging infections in the future.

    • Marc Lecuit
    •  & Laurent Nguyen
    Nature Microbiology 3, 966-968
  • News |

    This month’s Genome Watch highlights the use of metagenomics to survey urban waste waters as a proxy for studying the gut microbiota in the local population and discusses how predictive models based on this data could inform public health.

    • Gregorio Iraola
    •  & Nitin Kumar
  • News and Views |

    Geographic mapping of pathogen emergence risk, as recently done for viral haemorrhagic fever in Africa, provides an important tool for targeting interventions. More comprehensive preparedness and prediction systems that increase surveillance and forecast infectious disease outbreak growth and spread in real time are also needed.

    • Jeffrey Shaman
    Nature Microbiology 3, 265-267
  • Editorial |

    Fittingly for a bacterium whose slow growth rate has frustrated researchers for decades, progress towards ending the TB epidemic has built only at a snail’s pace. 2018 should see a much needed stimulus, with increased political awareness of the scale of the problems faced, and the adoption of a coordinated global response.