As the world grows smaller, warmer and wetter, governments need to have an organizational blueprint about how to best respond to infectious disease outbreaks, according to researchers.

Writing in the journal Science, biostatistician M. Elizabeth Halloran, M.D, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, and University of Florida biostatistician Ira Longini, outline how policymakers and healthcare workers can use epidemiological methods, statistics, mathematics, and models of how well vaccination campaigns work to respond to new, unexpected outbreaks.

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