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A Profile of the Arlington CERT progr...

A photo of the sculpture "Menotomy Indian Hunter," by Cyrus Dallin
The First CERT Program in Massachusetts The success of the Arlington, Massachusetts CERT program is due to the vision and dedication of a few individuals who believed that citizens have an important role in community preparedness, response and mitigation. Sticking with their vision for decades, Joe Marshall and a few other individuals are cre [...]

The Unnecessary Measles Outbreak

photo of a child with measles
Outbreak Like a suspenseful science fiction flick, there is a looming epidemic threatening us. Although the outbreak is moving too slowly to make a good movie, it is spreading across the world, causing 158,000 deaths last year, and possibly more this year. And it’s a tragic epidemic, because it is entirely preventable.   The measles vacc [...]

Flu Near You

A map of Massachusetts from that shows flu reports shows you where outbreaks are occurring. Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Similar to the European service, Influenzanet written about recently on this blog, allows you to:   [...]

Uncontrolled Spread of Disease Played...

Photograph of bone lesions of Ancient Harappa residents
In an article written by a multidisciplinary group of scientists, “Infection, Disease, and Biosocial Processes at the End of the Indus Civilization,” Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University and others, report that uncontrolled spread of disease, in particular tuberculosis and leprosy, playe [...]

Influenzanet: Real Time Surveillance ...

A photo of a young man with the flu
  Influenzanet is a real-time surveillance system that monitors the prevalence of influenza-like-illness (ILI) with the aid of volunteers via the Internet. Residents of the participating countries register online, and weekly during during the flu season, participants are asked to report symptoms they have experienced. Belgium and The Net [...]

World Health Organization’s Glo...

A photograph of a road sign warning that avian influenza control area is ahead
Bird Flu Hasn’t Gone Away The World Health Organization (WHO) surveils emerging outbreaks of infectious diseases, supporting member states and mobilizing international response teams. A key unit within the WHO is the Global Alert and Response program (GAR). GAR’s core functions are to Support Member States for the implementation of nat [...]

MRSA Affects Some Populations More Th...

MRSA Affects Some Populations More Than Others, Study Shows
  MRSA affects some populations more than others Medscape reports that patients undergoing major surgery, being black, American Indian, older, uninsured, or receiving treatment in a smaller hospital have increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, compared with other demographic groups, a new study sh [...]

Visualizing Infectious Disease

Screen Shot of the Council on Foreign Relations World Map of the Prevalence of Infectious Diseases
The Council on Foreign Relations has published an interactive map of the prevalence of the world’s preventable infectious diseases. The data are also downloadable for analysis. Preventable Infectious Diseases Focusing on one disease at at time allows the user to look at public health successes and setbacks. For example, looking at polio [...]

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