Via his blog Avian Flu Diary, Mike Coston reminds us It’s Not Just Ebola. This is a summary of other disease threats we face, documented with many links. Excerpt:
And of course, to this rogues gallery of pandemic threats you can also add any number of influenza subtypes in the wild (including old pandemic viruses like H2N2 and H3N8), the growing ranks of antibiotic resistant bacteria which could prove every bit as deadly as a pandemic, and Virus X . . . the one that isn’t on our radar, yet.
The point here is that once Ebola is contained (I remain cautiously optimistic that it will be, but fully expect it to exact a horrendous cost) the threat posed to global public health by these emerging diseases doesn’t go away. If anything, with our growing population and increasing mobility, the threat grows greater with each passing year.
If fact, we will be lucky if another shoe doesn’t drop this winter while our international efforts are focused primarily on West Africa.