The ease of creating a smallpox-like virus, and the growing number of vulnerable people with weakened immune systems, present challenges for emergency response planners, researchers have warned.
There are still many unanswered questions about how the MERS coronavirus is spread in Saudi Arabia, but health systems in all countries should have triage systems to identify travel-related infections.
Professor Raina MacIntyre is on the front line of the fight against emerging bio-threats. She warns biosecurity breaches could be as catastrophic as nuclear war.
Financially punishing parents who refuse vaccinations for their children may not be an effective public health strategy, writes Raina Macintyre.
As West Africa’s Ebola outbreak claims more lives, two UNSW public health students are providing much needed practical support from Australia.
UNSW has won funding to establish three new Centres of Excellence to drive research into the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, immunising at risk populations, and e-Health.
Three UNSW research teams have received fast-tracked funding to study the evolving threat of swine flu.
UNSW will train the next generation of the state's frontline public health officers, following a partnership with NSW Health.
With the swine flu pandemic now declared, a new UNSW study will assess how prepared Australia really is.
Face masks are a cheap, effective public health "frontline" against epidemics such as swine flu, UNSW infectious disease expert Professor Raina MacIntyre says.