BMC Infectious Diseases is calling for submissions to our Collection on the challenges of infectious disease surveillance and prevention. Infectious diseases continue to present formidable challenges to global health, emphasizing the critical need for comprehensive surveillance and robust prevention strategies.
Infectious disease surveillance is an important tool to monitor the health of the population by describing the current epidemiology of disease, observing its trends, and identifying outbreaks of current and new pathogens. Surveillance of infectious diseases plays a variety of integral roles through its use in detecting antimicrobial resistance within infectious diseases, facilitating the early detection of an outbreak of a potentially epidemic-prone disease, or via monitoring the control, prevention and eradication of pathogens. In 2016, the World Health Organisation committed to the elimination of communicable diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030. Infectious disease surveillance will be instrumental in obtaining this goal, with the seamless exchange of knowledge among researchers playing a pivotal role.
This Collection invites researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, and public health experts to explore a wide spectrum of topics related to infectious disease surveillance and prevention. We aim to provide a platform for novel research and evidence-based practices that address these pressing issues. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- The dynamics of pathogen evolution and the identification of novel threats to public health
- Surveillance technologies including genomics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and their applications in disease monitoring
- Challenges associated with vaccine development and deployment, particularly in the context of emerging infectious diseases
- Public health interventions such as contact tracing, quarantine measures, and community engagement, in mitigating infectious disease outbreaks
- Antimicrobial Resistance its impact on treatment strategies, and novel approaches to combating resistance
- The importance of the ‘One Health’ approach in understanding and preventing infectious diseases at the human-animal-environment interface
- Novel and innovative surveillance research methodologies related to infectious diseases within high-risk and marginalized populations, across diverse settings
This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being.
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