- Daniel Gerstein: Efforts to combat diseases must focus on anticipating, not just reacting
- Recent outbreaks have underscored failure to anticipate transnational spread of these diseases, he says
Daniel M. Gerstein works at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation. He was the former Under Secretary (Acting) and Deputy Under Secretary in the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security from 2011-2014. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)Back in 1999, unusually large numbers of dead crows in New York City signaled something was wrong. It turned out to be the arrival of West Nile virus in the United States, and today, the virus is endemic in the 48 contiguous states.