Submitted on Thu, 2014-10-02
By Carl Brewer

Learn how we can overcome the Ebola virus and other outbreaks from these enlightening TED Talks.

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Ebola has made its way into the U.S. and continues to ravage West Africa. Thousands have died and the spread of the disease is not slowing. It’s not just Ebola though. A mysterious Enterovirus is also wreaking havoc in the U.S. and flu season is just around the corner. Luckily, we’ve been here before when dealing with disease and come out on top. See how we’ve overcome outbreaks before, and what we need to do to prevent them from happening again in these TED Talks.

My wish: Help me stop pandemics

Accepting the 2006 TED Prize, Dr. Larry Brilliant talks about how smallpox was eradicated from the planet, and calls for a new global system that can identify and contain pandemics before they spread.

How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease

Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.

Lessons from the 1918 flu

In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.

The jungle search for viruses

Virus hunter Nathan Wolfe is outwitting the next pandemic by staying two steps ahead: discovering deadly new viruses where they first emerge — passing from animals to humans among poor subsistence hunters in Africa — before they claim millions of lives.

How we'll stop polio for good

Polio is almost completely eradicated. But as Bruce Aylward says: Almost isn't good enough with a disease this terrifying. Aylward lays out the plan to continue the scientific miracle that ended polio in most of the world — and to snuff it out everywhere, forever.

Solving medical mysteries

Biochemist Joe DeRisi talks about amazing new ways to diagnose viruses (and treat the illnesses they cause) using DNA. His work may help us understand malaria, SARS, avian flu — and the 60 percent of everyday viral infections that go undiagnosed.

HIV and flu — the vaccine strategy

Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats — from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics.

Can we domesticate germs?

Evolutionary biologist Paul Ewald drags us into the sewer to discuss germs. Why are some more harmful than others? How could we make the harmful ones benign? Searching for answers, he examines a disgusting, fascinating case: diarrhea.

Implementing the National Health Security Strategy

While not a TED Talk, in this ground breaking whitepaper series from Upp Technology and Dr. Vanderwagen, we explore critical issues that affect the success of public health practitioners in the U.S. when it comes to outbreaks and other national security issues. The video below is the first of a five-part series. Explore the entire series today!

For more information on how to prepare your logistical countermeasures for Ebola, learn more about irms|EM Emergency Management and stay up to date on the latest Ebola news by keeping an eye on our Ebola Virus Resource Center for Emergency Managers.

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