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Global Outbreaks and Responses

Series to Mark the 20th Anniversary of Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network

Guest edited by Professor Dale Fisher, Dr. Gail Carson, and Dr. Lina Moses.

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The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) was established in 2000 in Geneva when WHO convened 67 key partner institutions in global epidemic surveillance and response to discuss the challenge of epidemic prone and emerging diseases faced by the world at the onset of the 21st century.

During outbreaks, the GOARN ensures that the right technical expertise and are skills are on the ground where and when they are needed most. The network pools human and technical resources for rapid identification, confirmation and response to outbreaks of international importance.

Since its establishment, the Network has deployed over 2900 public health experts including epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, logisticians, operations managers, risk communicators, social mobilisers, data analysts, entomologists among others to over 90 countries to support more than 130 outbreaks of infectious disease.

To commemorate the GOARN anniversary, we are seeking submissions of original research and front matter articles on all aspects of outbreak preparedness, response, and recovery, covering a wide range of infectious diseases including Ebola, Yellow Fever, Dengue, H1N1, Cholera, and the most recent Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

These could include, but are not limited to, research focusing on capacity building, readiness, training/simulations exercises, modes of transmission, viability studies, operational research on deployments and field operations, and survivor follow up. Other influential topics could include ethics, barriers to research, funders’ initiatives, and community engagement.

We would welcome direct submission of original research that meets the above criteria – please submit directly to BMC Medicine stating in your cover letter that you are targeting the collection. Alternatively, you can email your pre-submission queries to We advise to submit by June 2020, if you would like your manuscript to be ready for the launch date. After launch, the collection will remain open and accept submissions for one year.

Guest Editors provided guidance on the scope of this collection and advised on commissioned content. However, they are not involved in editorial decision-making on papers submitted to this collection. All final editorial decisions are with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Lin Lee.​

  1. To mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have adopted unprecedented physical distancing policies, including the UK. We evaluate whether these measures might be sufficient to control the epid...

    Authors: Christopher I. Jarvis, Kevin Van Zandvoort, Amy Gimma, Kiesha Prem, Petra Klepac, G. James Rubin and W. John Edmunds

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2020 18:124

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Compared to adults, there are relatively few studies on COVID-19 infection in children, and even less focusing on the unique features of COVID-19 in children in terms of laboratory findings, locations of compu...

    Authors: Huijing Ma, Jiani Hu, Jie Tian, Xi Zhou, Hui Li, Maxwell Thomas Laws, Luke David Wesemann, Baiqi Zhu, Wei Chen, Rafael Ramos, Jun Xia and Jianbo Shao

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2020 18:123

    Content type: Research article

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in BMC Medicine 2020 18:158

  3. The 2018–2019 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the largest ever recorded in the DRC. It has been declared a Public Health Em...

    Authors: Moritz U. G. Kraemer, David M. Pigott, Sarah C. Hill, Samantha Vanderslott, Robert C. Reiner Jr, Stephanie Stasse, John S. Brownstein, Bernardo Gutierrez, Francis Dennig, Simon I. Hay, G. R. William Wint, Oliver G. Pybus, Marcia C. Castro, Patrick Vinck, Phuong N. Pham, Eric J. Nilles…

    Citation: BMC Medicine 2020 18:113

    Content type: Research article

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