A Europe-wide measles outbreak blamed for 37 deaths has prompted questions about how families can protect their loved ones. Since 1968, there has been a safe and effective vaccine available for measles which virtually eliminates the risk of contracting the disease. The current outbreak has hit hardest in countries where vaccination programmes are less robust and far reaching, the World Health Organisation said.
ASTHO firmly believes criminally charging a public health official for deaths related to an outbreak sets a dangerous precedent for leadership and decisionmaking during a public health crisis. The ultimate goal among our nation's state and territorial health officials is to protect the health and well-being of their constituents. State health officials and their leadership teams are trained to make thoughtful, scientific, and data-driven decisions, while limiting undue public panic.
Born in the slump, raised in extreme poverty, Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah has become yet another shining Liberian star, not only at home, but also in the Diaspora where his redemption from poverty and material backwardness originated as a result of his acquisition of quality education, and a shift in his once blurry perception of life. Remarkably heart-touching as his life story ensues through unprecedented episodes, the Harvard alumnus has been not only recognized by this prestigious university for his indelible contribution to society but granted a respectable lecturer position at the school. Dr. Fallah's Alma matter, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, recently called on him to contribute 50 hours of his time to students through mentorship, lecture and direct classroom engagements on a wide range of medical topics, including service provision, disease surveillance, and disease management systems.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- John P. Olivo, President, Fresh Express, today announced the formation of a Fresh Express Blue-Ribbon Panel to be chaired by world-renowned epidemiologist and infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, to study the Cyclospora parasite, a cause of recent multiple fresh produce illness outbreaks in the US.
The frequent outbreaks of cholera in Uganda over the years can be largely attributed to the movement of affected people across borders. According to findings of a new study published in the journal Frontiers of Microbiology, lakes and other water bodies appear to facilitate cholera. The researchers, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Makerere University School of Public Health and the Uganda Ministry of Health sought to establish whether water bodies near areas where outbreaks occur frequently were a reservoir for the bacteria that causes cholera or not. Over a one-year period, the researchers surveyed lakes, rivers, wells and ponds to see if the bacterium that causes cholera was persistent in these water bodies and if they could infect people in different parts of the country.
Everyone has a "thing" that skeeves them out. Wearing shoes indoors, leaving dishes in the sink, even sitting on the bed in dirty clothes ... Call me a clean freak, but flushing the toilet with the lid open is the pet peeve that literally makes me cringe just thinking about it. And the real problem is that almost *everyone* does it. Let me paint a little picture for you of what happens every time you leave the seat up after going to the bathroom: With one little flick of the lever, the swirling water whisks away your business ... down into the sewer but also up into the air, all over your counters, and even in your towels and toothbrushes. Yuck. In the field of science (yep, there's science about
After two years, building the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is work in progress. “If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.” – Barack Obama. These words from former US President, President Barack Obama have inspired me since I became the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on the 15th of August 2016. This week marks my two years on this journey- a journey that has been an interesting learning curve and provided a prism into all that makes Nigeria a great country, and all that is holding it back from greatness. In writing this article and thinking about what to share this week, I went back
There are many reasons to minimize your cellphone use, seeing how they trigger mitochondrial dysfunction, an underlying factor of virtually all chronic disease. But you can also add transmission of bacterial infections to that list. According to scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cellphones and tablets typically harbor so many germs, they may actually pose a hazard when used in your kitchen during food preparation or brought to the dinner table. As noted by Amy Lando, a member of the FDA's consumer studies team in the office of scientific analysis and support center for food safety:1 "As you know, smartphones, tablets and other devices have become ubiquitous in our daily
The province is expanding the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program in Chatham-Kent. A flood last February affected hundreds of homes, farms, businesses and non-profit organizations in Chatham and Thamesville. Warm weather, melting snow and heavy rainfall swelled the banks of the Thames River forcing local officials to declare a state of emergency. However, some people were not included in the original activation area, and were not able to apply for money to pay for emergency expenses and repairs. That area has now been expanded by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Residents now have until October 15, 2018 to apply for assistance. Eligible disaster recovery applicants can receive
After multiple football players contracted hand, foot and mouth disease, West Virginia University had to postpone its popular fan appreciation day. “I know fans who were planning on attending Fan Day will be disappointed, but this is in the best interest of all involved,” director of athletics Shane Lyons said in a statement. “Our medical staff is doing an excellent job of addressing the matter. However, there is no reason to put the general public at risk.” WVU football players aren't the only athletes who have been inflicted with the disease this year. In July, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was moved to the 10-day disabled list after he contracted the virus. As WVU noted, the disease
American Heart Association DALLAS, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Chagas disease, caused by infection with a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi (T cruzi), causes chronic heart disease in about one third of those infected. Over the past 40 years, Chagas disease has spread to areas where it had not traditionally been seen, including the United States, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. The statement. summarizes the most up-to-date information on diagnosis, screening and treatment of T cruzi infection. Infection occurs when feces from the infected blood sucking insect triatomine enters the skin through the bite site
Mosquitoes and ticks are spreading more rapidly than ever, both across the U.S. and around the globe. And with each new season, the list of diseases they carry grows longer. In fact, a recent ana...