This Nigerian doctor might just prevent the next deadly pandemic

As leader of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu works to protect the nation — and the world — from devastating outbreaks.

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Ever since the Ebola crisis of 2014–16, global-health leaders have been fretting about the possibility of an epidemic exploding in Lagos and spreading to London, New York, Mumbai or Beijing. Many argue that the best hope of mitigating such a catastrophe will come from the capacity of African nations to catch outbreaks early and stem their spread.

Nigeria was largely spared from the devastating Ebola outbreak several years ago. But Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of the country’s first agency tasked with tracking and responding to outbreaks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), finds himself leading the effort to deal with such crises.

By: Amy Maxmen/Nature News

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