Do you really have to go?
When all else fails
Authorities recommend all drivers stay at home or in place when hazardous weather strikes. Weather is unpredictable, and sometimes you find yourself in weather you didn’t expect.
It’s essential for your safety and that of your family to be prepared whenever you leave home in your car. [...]
Enterovirus is a class of viruses with more than 100 members. Originally, enteroviruses were classified into three types: polioviruses, Coxsackie A viruses (CA), Coxsackie B viruses (CB), and echoviruses, but scientists realized that there was overlap and more complexity than previously understood.
Poliovirus, as well as Coxsackie and echovir [...]
According to European press agencies, the Director said, “Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely, ” adding that “the continent should be well prepared to control the disease.”
As we have seen in Texas, although the United States has a well-fun [...]
Here is a short list of sites we like to get preparedness and incidence information from. If you have a site you like, please let us know.
Public Health Surveillance
Health Map is created and maintained by a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital founded in 2006, is an established glob [...]
Important notice from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Contact: CDC Media Relations
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends a preference for using the nasal spray flu vaccine
Today, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Pra [...]
Should travelers be concerned?
A Growing Threat
In its summary of the Ebola/Marburg outbreaks, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) illustrates that the current outbreak (currently 626 confirmed cases) is more severe than any in history.
While previous outbreaks affected one small area at a time, the current pandemic is spread accross [...]
Map of HIV/AIDS in Boston by Zipcode
Using Geographic Information Systems to map HIV/AIDS infections is a useful tool for knowing where to put public health resources.
The AIDSvu project, based at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, produces detailed maps of HIV epidemic.
Via Jonathan Cohn in The New Republic
There’s a possible solution at hand for problems associated with the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Antibiotic resistance and transmission of the nasty bacteria has come about because of treatment failure; as patients start feeling better, they stop taking their antibiotics, creating ideal breeding grou [...]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have just updated their advice to health care providers to include polio vaccine in recommended preparedness immunizations.
Their news release, dated 2014-6-2, includes the following language:
CDC routinely recommends that anyone planning travel to a polio-affected country be fully vaccinat [...]
Engorged Squirrel Tick (Ixodes marxi)
Tick-borne diseases are like the biblical plagues. Summertime is supposed to be a time when you can feel comfortable wearing shorts and sandals, take a walk in the woods, hike up mountains, sit outside on the grass, mow the lawn, scratch your dog under the oak tree. For those of us who live in [...]