WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). For more information about IHR procedures when a PHEIC is activated please visit our website and check out World Health Organization IHR i-Course.
Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday. There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]
“There are no nations! There is only humanity.” — Isaac Asimov (in I, Asimov: A Memoir) In a tragedy born of gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, compounded by poverty, tens of thousands of children, many unaccompanied by an adult, are risking the treacherous journey across Mexico and to the United States. What […]
Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]
West Africa is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease’s first appearance in humans in 1976. This time around, what began as one outbreak in Guinea in February has spread to 60 outbreak sites to date. Since then, it has already killed over 600 people and infected nearly 1,100 in Guinea, Liberia, and […]
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come under fire this past month for a series of biosafety problems reported by the country’s top government labs. Last week, the CDC released a report reviewing an incident that occurred in early June that involved the unintentional exposure of CDC personnel to potentially viable […]
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In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]
Those of us who work in global health too often forget about the burden of disease much closer to home. In an attempt to remind us of our own public health crises, this post will examine the public health landscape of the District of Columbia (home of the O’Neill Institute), asking the question: how would DC rank […]
Beginning today, Brazil will play host to the world’s most-watched sporting event, the football World Cup. 3.7 million Brazilian and foreign tourists are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the World Cup, and nearly half the world’s population is anticipated to tune in for the tournament. Some effects are intuitive: worker productivity plummets, while hungry (and […]
The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]
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