With the Ebola outbreak spreading and no end to the epidemic in sight, Jeffrey Shaman, associate professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, has been extremely busy in recent weeks.

Shaman, whose influenza prediction tool won the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Predict the Influenza Season Challenge in June, is not only gearing up for the upcoming flu season but has also been called into action in trying to model the worsening Ebola virus crisis in West Africa—a task Shaman says may have gone beyond the capabilities of tried and true surveillance methods.

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