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Researchers plot maps, collect data to fight future infectious disease outbreaks

FSPH’s Anne Rimoin, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, was quoted in a Voice of America article about her and the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program’s efforts to improve response to Ebola outbreaks and prevent future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — With the Democratic Republic of Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field.

Anne Rimoin is an associate professor of epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health. She’s also the director of the UCLA-DRC Health Research and Training Program, an effort based in Kinshasa, Congo, that’s been underway for 16 years.

“In an outbreak, you have to understand where people are and what their patterns of travel are. Where they’re going, where they’re working, where their fields are,” Rimoin said. “If you don’t know where things are, it becomes very difficult to define a response.”

Read more in Voice of America