The Manhattan Principles

From the CDC Webpage on the twelve Manhattan Principles: These “Manhattan Principles” urge world leaders, civil society, the global health community, and institutions of science to holistically approach the prevention of epidemic/epizootic disease and the maintenance of ecosystem integrity by: Recognizing the link between human, domestic animal, and wildlife health, and the threat disease poses to people, their food supplies and economies, and the biodiversity … Continue reading The Manhattan Principles

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Severe Flu Season in the US: Too early to call for antivirals?

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 is still early on in the influenza season and the disease activity is low in the US at this point of time, but the CDC has stepped in, stating its apprehension that: Increasing … Continue reading Severe Flu Season in the US: Too early to call for antivirals?

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Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox

According to a CDC media release, vials labeled “Variola”, more commonly known as Smallpox, were found in an unused storage room in a laboratory at the NIH, Bethesda, which was used by the Food and Drug Administration. The laboratory had been shifted and these final materials were being transferred to the new facilities when these vials of variola were stumbled upon. At present, only two … Continue reading Box of Pox: The Return of the Smallpox

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Patterns of leishmaniasis among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 2012A,B) Lesions impinging and possibly hindering the function of vital sensory organs, including the nose and eyesC,D) Lesions >5 cm.E,F) Lesions disfiguring the faceG,H) Special forms of cutaneous leishmaniasis; shown here is a patient with spread and satellite lesions on the hand and armI,J) Patient with 15 lesions.

Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Scabies, polio, tuberculosis, malaria, and a host of other diseases have been blamed on the penurious conditions that refugees are often forced to live in when in transitional shelters or refugee camps. In an “online ahead of print” report published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, which is run by the CDC, another disease has been shown to be affecting large groups of refugees: Cutaneous … Continue reading Diseases of Displaced People: Cutaneous Leishmaniasis

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Ebola Ecology (CDC)

Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are in the midst of an outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. The numbers that have been provided by the respective ministries of health and sanitation and the World Health Organization, which has been summarized in a CDC factsheet show frightening trends. Before proceeding further, let us take a look at the numbers of the suspected and confirmed cases, suspected deaths … Continue reading Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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CDC: Learning from TV Shows–Preventing the Zombie Apocalypse

So, there was this TV Show, The Walking Dead, which spoke of a Zombie Apocalypse befalling the earth, destroying most of human civilization. The show follows a group of survivors who try to find their way to survival. And, towards the end of the season that was airing, they go to the CDC and there is only ONE doctor left there who is working on … Continue reading CDC: Learning from TV Shows–Preventing the Zombie Apocalypse

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