When it comes to putting the global threat of infectious diseases into perspective, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone better versed than Dr. David M. Morens of NIAID at the NIH. Over the year's we've looked at his work - often collaborating with Jeffrey K. Taubenberger - on the history of pandemics.
A few well worth revisiting include:
Morens & Taubenberger - Influenza Viruses: Breaking All the Rules
mBio: An H7N9 Perspective by Morens, Fauci & Taubenberger
Morens and Taubenberger: A New Look At The Panzootic Of 1872
Last week (May 16, 2017) NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci was scheduled to give a talk on current infectious disease challenges in the NIH's Demystifying Medicine series of video casts, but was called away, and so Dr. Morens ably stepped in at the last minute to give the presentation.
I think you'll find Dr. Moren's seminar both interesting and informative. Be sure to download the slides.
Demystifying Medicine 2017: Current Infectious Disease Challenges
Source:National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Format:Video or Multimedia
Annotation:This one-hour, 25-minute presentation discusses infectious disease challenges in 2017: established infectious diseases, newly emerging diseases, and re-emerging diseases. It provides examples of established infectious diseases of global health importance, and global examples of newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including chikungunya, dengue, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). It includes a detailed discussion of the Zika virus, yellow fever, Ebola, and pandemic influenza. [less]
Access Notes:Link to presentation slides: https://demystifyingmedicine.od.nih.gov/dm17/m05d16/DM-Morens-David.pdf