Division of Infectious Diseases

Learning Outside of the Comfort Zone

Several months ago, a five-person team from Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit traveled to Western Uganda, where they trained refugee health workers on appropriate infection prevention and control practices. Dr. James Lawler, one of our Infectious Diseases Faculty, was the team leader on this trip. Dr. Lawler is the Director of International Programs and Innovation for the Global Center for Health Security,  and Director of Clinical and… Continue Reading

Are we ready for an outbreak?

It has been said that ‘an outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere’.   At any given time, there are multiple concurrent outbreaks of highly hazardous communicable diseases, and the ease of global travel creates the risk of rapid spread of diseases around the world.  The Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) closely and continuously monitors these outbreaks, since the NBU could be called upon to care for patients… Continue Reading