Community Members attend a Zoonosis Training Workshop near Mangamba Health Center in Malawi, where Health Surveillance Assistants instruct the community on the dangers of eating bush meat, or meat acquired from poached animals and unknown sources. The group discusses how to break the chain of diseases that bush meat can cause on May 22, 2022 (Photo/Thoko Chikondi). Confronting an Outbreak Since many infectious diseases can only be treated and not cured, protection, prevention and treatment resources are critical in containing an outbreak. All countries require strong epidemic preparedness to effectively fight infectious disease threats when they emerge. It’s crucial that countries act quickly when responding to outbreaks—infectious disease threats do not respect borders and can travel the world in just 36 hours. Read more about 7-1-7: RAPID IMPROVEMENT FOR EARLY DISEASE DETECTION & RESPONSE Our emergency response efforts often center on educational programs accompanied by vaccination (if one is available) and other prevention programs. Community knowledge can be the most effective component of prevention.