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Mapping Infectious Diseases Using Crowdsourced Data Collected With Open-Source Tools

Reflections on a PLOS ONE paper by researchers from Medecins Sans Frontieres, who crowdsourced data using open source tools during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa to get more accurate and up-to-date disease maps. Continue reading Mapping Infectious Diseases Using Crowdsourced Data Collected With Open-Source Tools

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Addressing Cholera Under-Reporting Key to Mounting Proportionate Public Health Response

A short argument for developing appropriate, sensitive, nation-wide surveillance networks to address the problem of under-reporting of cholera. Continue reading Addressing Cholera Under-Reporting Key to Mounting Proportionate Public Health Response

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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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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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Cholera Case in Syrian Refugee Camp: Ominous Signals

According to a report disseminated by the ProMED mail service, a case of cholera has been detected in a refugee camp housing displaced people from Homs. The translated report reads as below: The 1st case of cholera has been recorded in Zogra camp near Jarabulus city (125 km or 78 mi north of Aleppo) at the Syrian-Turkish border, which accommodates people displaced from Homs. A … Continue reading Cholera Case in Syrian Refugee Camp: Ominous Signals

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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 with a report dealing with exactly this quandary. This report, … Continue reading Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

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