After Ebola: Pandemics

The presence of mosquitoes that could carry Zika in Nebraska shows that "a disease anywhere can be a disease everywhere." Watch this video to learn how public health officials in southeast Nebraska began setting traps to monitor the range of mosquitoes known to carry the Zika virus.

Machine learning and massive databases lead one group of researchers to anticipate potential locations of the next outbreak of a pandemic-prone killer virus. Watch this video that details how researchers in western Nebraska find methods to map potential hot spots for Zoonotic diseases.

As part of the After Ebola reporting project, NET Radio has covered a variety of stories related to Ebola, public health, and research hoping to lessen the chances of a new killer pandemic. Below you will find links to the articles and radio stories we’ve prepared along with national resources of interest from NPR.

NET News Signature Stories

A year after American hospitals treated their first cases of Ebola a new study finds the United States “has sufficient capacity for treating another outbreak.” The study, written by researchers at the University of Nebraska... more››
A surprising computer-based study highlights Nebraska and Kansas as possible “hotspots” for mammals carrying viruses with the potential to infect human populations.Computer models, created by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem... more››
You have heard lots of news about the Zika virus, its effects on people in South and Central America, and even how it might impact the Summer Olympics. Could it impact your life in Nebraska? Maybe not directly, but the trends... more››
Two years after Ebola patients arrived in Omaha for treatment, the University of Nebraska Medical Center continues to refine procedures for handling patients with dangerous diseases. The experience has paid off in significant... more››
After two years of mild flu seasons, public health officials say hundreds of Nebraskans have fallen ill from the virus this season. Since the beginning of the year flu has been officially recognized as “widespread” across the... more››

NPR Resources

Once called the "Dutchmen" because of their large noses and large bellies, proboscis monkeys live only in Borneo. Ecosystems... more››
No matter how you slice it, outbreaks are becoming more common. Overseas, there's been Ebola, Zika and yellow fever. And here at... more››
Dr Ali S. Khan's book, The Next Pandemic, takes us from doctor's offices in the Midwest to the "hot zones" of Africa. In the... more››
As public health officials struggle to contain the Zika virus, science writer Sonia Shah tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies that... more››
Humans get along pretty well with most microbes. Which is lucky, because there are a lot more of them in the world than there... more››
If you're a germaphobe, make sure you're sitting down. Back in 1999, a woman in California cleaned up rodent droppings in her... more››
We thought our readers might want a chance to brush up on their pandemic facts. So roll up your sleeves, wash your hands and... more››