Infectious Diseases / Public Health

The Ills of Rattlesnake Pills

In the weird news section of the day, comes this one: child falls sick with lethal salmonella infection after consuming rattlesnake pills. Yeah, you got that right. Someone was feeding a child rattlesnake meat, all dried up and powdered, in the form of pills, hoping something miraculous woould happen. This media release from the CDC … Continue reading

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Mapping Kolkata’s Hospitals with Google Maps: Crowdsourced GeoHealth

I received an email update from Google Maps about a brilliant initiative that is going to be of special importance in this season of “unknown” acute febrile illness affecting a large cross-section of the society. I am reproducing the full text of the linked post from the Google Maps Local Guides Connect web page. Do … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Leptospirosis Hits Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

As expected, the news of rising numbers of leptospirosis cases are trickling in from Puerto Rico. Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, there have been areas which have experienced over 30 inches of rain, which, subsequently, led to flooding. As has been often observed, following the exposure to potentially contaminated water, the reported number of … Continue reading

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Hepatitis Outbreak in Syrian IDP Camp Follows Cholera Case Detection

In a matter of hours since I wrote about the diagnosis of a child suffering from cholera in the camp for housing the displaced population from Homs, I received yet another ProMED missive, informing us about the diagnosis of a hepatitis outbreak in the same settings. In fact, in addition to the information, there is … Continue reading

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Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the uncomfortable question of leveraging these situations to conduct clinical research activities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have come out … Continue reading

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