More than 40 ASEAN officials attended a five-day course on disease outbreak, detection and response. The course is a collaboration between the American institute DIMO, the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at TTSH, and NTU's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. While Singapore has had experience handling infectious disease outbreaks, it has not had to manage crises such as Ebola. "One of the most important things is to have a structure in place very early on," said LKCMedicine Prof Annelies Wilder-Smith, a speaker who specialises in infectious diseases. She added that it is also important to do training in the inter-epidemic period and do it on a repeated basis.