Catherine Machalaba is the Program Coordinator for Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance. Her research interests focus on One Health approaches to human, animal, and environmental health challenges and strengthening public health systems. She serves as the Science Officer for the Future Earth ecoHEALTH project, which is aimed at generating solutions-oriented research to address the health impacts of global environmental change. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health, and is currently a doctoral student in environmental and occupational health at the City University of New York School of Public Health.

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Human outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) may be relatively rare compared to widely established diseases, but as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has demonstrated, they can be catastrophic to societies. They can also be vastly expensive. For example, the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak, which caused fewer …

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