Ending Cholera by 2030: Case Management Remains a Key Priority

My reflections on the proceedings of the 3rd meeting of the case management work group of the Global Task Force for Cholera Control, which met in Veyrier du Lac, France, in November, 2018. I spoke about the state of community based management of cholera in India. Continue reading Ending Cholera by 2030: Case Management Remains a Key Priority

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Dermatology Topics for ICMR-STS

Can you suggest ideas for ICMR research (STS) in dermatology? For ICMR-STS, you have to depend on a guide from your medical school. So, it would largely be guided by her/his experience of working in the medical school. The topic that you can do, would depend on what kind of clinical materials, patients and mentorship you have access to in your medical school. First, I would … Continue reading Dermatology Topics for ICMR-STS

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PSM as a Career Option #5: Community Medicine Senior Residency in AIIMS

What are the pros and cons of joining as a senior resident (Community Medicine) in All India Institute of Medical Sciences? Which AIIMS are you referring to? There are several now! It is always a BIG plus to work in AIIMS, New Delhi. Not only do you get to work closely with the doyens of the discipline, but also gain an invaluable toehold in the … Continue reading PSM as a Career Option #5: Community Medicine Senior Residency in AIIMS

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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 retains a stiff upper lip while proclaiming: The Centers for … Continue reading The Ills of Rattlesnake Pills

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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 let me know if this is breaching copyright issues and … Continue reading Mapping Kolkata’s Hospitals with Google Maps: Crowdsourced GeoHealth

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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 leptospirosis cases has been on the rise. Leptospirosis is a … Continue reading Leptospirosis Hits Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

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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 a request for more information, especially data on the serologic … Continue reading Hepatitis Outbreak in Syrian IDP Camp Follows Cholera Case Detection

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