This has got to be scary stuff right there. In a paper published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, authors contend that it is possible that eight healthcare workers were infected […]
Skeptic Oslerphile. Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Past: Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!
I am on a reading project this year, where I try and attempt to read fifty books in the course of the year (more details here) and although I am slightly late […]
The increasing trend of having exotic reptiles as pets may lead to an increase in reptile associated infections such as Salmonellosis, especially in the children in the household.
In the summer of 2014, a resident of Kansas succumbed to what was thought to be a disease similar to a tick borne disease though the laboratory investigations failed to turn up […]
The first partially successful vaccine against a prion disease (Chronic Wasting Disease in white tailed deer) is good news, but the journey has just begun.
Roka, a remote village in Cambodia, has recently suffered a massive outbreak of HIV infection, where as many as 14% of the villagers were believed to be infected. Unsafe injection practices of an unlicensed medic was believed to be the cause of this massive outbreak. What can India learn from this tragic event?
The rise of street-cut, unsanitary preparations of Black Tar Heroin has allegedly reduced HIV transmission but at the cost of higher numbers of fatal, bacterial infections, notably botulism, clusters of which have been regularly identified in California.
Some thoughts on the new nine valent vaccine against HPV approved by the FDA.
Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) has provided a good example of how some typical difficulties might be faced while enforcing preventive measures in ethnic groups, especially for tribal groups that reside in secluded […]
Understanding and treating chronic conditions is an integral part of the job for any and all nurses, from RNs to MSNs. One such chronic condition is cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart […]
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for Scepticemia.
A few words trying to honor the memories of Shri Ram Kumar Upadhyay and Shri Arun Kumar Das, two of my high school teachers.
A few thoughts on the outbreak of (possibly) bean sprout-associated Salmonella enteritidis infections in multiple states of USA.
The CDC came out with a press release last week which expressed the fear that the US was destined to face a severe season of influenza in the upcoming few months. It […]
An outbreak of anthrax in Koraput, Odisha, and the lack of public health information around it prompts advocacy on the adoption of the One Health framework in India as well.
Pork, infected with larvae of Trichinella, imported from Spain, has led to an outbreak of Trichinellosis in parts of Belgium. Though the outbreak focus has been identified and preventative measures adopted, this goes to show we have very poor control over how infections spread.
Novel Psittacine Adenovirus Responsible for Potentiating Zoonotic Psittacosis Outbreak: Emerging Co-Infections
A novel adenovirus potentiates the species jump of Chlamydophila psittaci from birds to man, causing atypical pneumonia (psittacosis). Viruses, in addition to jumping the species barrier themselves, now are helping other bacteria to do the same: is this the beginning of the age of microbes?
Nature has recently opened up its vast treasure trove to all those who know someone with access to them. Here I wonder at the irony of the fact that they are raising more barriers in the name of access!
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) first struck the US coasts in April 2013, leaving public health and veterinary doctors puzzled because they could not figure out how it arrived across the […]
The Indian Council of Medical Research has a run a very prestigious and increasingly sought after summer research programme for MBBS students in India, called the Short Term Studentship (STS) Program since […]
There is a lot of interest being stirred up by the news of deaths following administration of the Fluad influenza vaccine in Italy. According to news sites, the premier medical agency in Italy, […]
James Watson, the celebrated scientist who unraveled the mystery of the structure of the DNA, is set to sell off his Nobel Prize at an auction. If he indeed does put it […]
I received an email last week from the organisers of an event which seems very interesting. A volunteerism opportunity abroad for US Medical students and professionals, this seems like a good way for […]
The Onondaga county of New York reported the second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in September this year. EEE is caused by a virus belonging to the genus Alphavirus, of the family […]
In a recent article published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, it has been postulated that the common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) may have potential to act as a vector […]
Just saw this news piece on The Hindu: Frankly, I am not sure whether I should be outraged or applaud the Dental Council of India. On one hand this would mean more […]
Croatia has reported an outbreak of anthrax in a herd of cattle. Out of 40 heads of cattle two have come down with the disease and eventually succumbed to it, bringing the […]
Last January, animal lovers the world over were shocked to learn that over 400 dolphin carcasses had washed ashore in Peru. There was extensive news coverage, mainly because this was reminiscent of […]
A few days ago, I wrote about how an outbreak of plague was threatening to rake up high numbers (and still is!) in Madagascar and yet it seemed to have been overshadowed […]
The WHO has come out with a message regarding the potential of sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus. In its statement, titled: “Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from […]