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

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

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Infectious Diseases / Public Health

Turning to the “Infected Jelly” to Treat Ebola

The NEJM has come out with a very interesting paper: Evaluation of Convalescent Plasma for Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea. The explosive outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa last year had hijacked the headlines and media space in a big way. Multiple solutions were touted, including the vaccine trial STRIVE. Few articles, however, looked … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

New York Times: Treating Ebola? Chuck the Stethoscope!

In an interesting news piece, the New York Times has brought up an issue that is quite startling in its simple complexity. The stethoscope, otherwise so natural an extension of a physician, that it has almost ceased to be an independent, separate instrument, is almost non-existent in the wards where ebola patients are being treated … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

Anthony Fauci: Ebola Virus Not Showing Accelerated Evolution

One of my modern day medical idols is Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead editors of the two-volume Bible of Internal Medicine, “Harrison’s Internal Medicine”, and also the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In an NIH News piece he has commented: “The Ebola virus in the ongoing West African … Continue reading

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STRIVE to Control Ebola

The Sierra Leone Trial to Introduce a Vaccine Against Ebola (STRIVE) has started recruiting volunteers to test for the effectiveness of the vaccine. About 6,000 healthcare and other frontline workers will be enrolled in STRIVE to receive the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, which uses the vesicular stomatitis virus to carry a non-infectious Zaire ebola virus gene, hopefully … Continue reading

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Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?
Infectious Diseases

Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?

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 Ebola virus disease“, the WHO has categorically stated that though sexual transmission has not been noted, certain precautions need to be adopted by … Continue reading

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