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The role of palliative care in infectious disease outbreaks

A UK Emergency Medical Team paediatric nurse monitors a young girl being treated for diphtheria in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially fatal bacterial infection. 
 
Photo credit: Russell Watkins/DFID, licensed through Flickr.

Recent infectious disease outbreaks and the probability of new outbreaks have challenged us as a palliative care community to identify and play an active role in these situations. We need to learn from lessons of the past, identify what we can do in the present and plan for the future.

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