Onesimus was an African slave brought by force to what was then the Massachusetts Colony. The knowledge and wisdom he brought with him saved lives at a time when smallpox was pandemic. I hope to be able to use all of the knowledge and wisdom of the people around me to do what I can in this pandemic.
People are hungry for more and more data about the pandemic. It’s not that they are trained on how to use it. It’s just that they want to have some sort of control over the situation. They need just a little more faith in the professionals.
One of the tools that we use in the investigation of outbreaks is the epidemic curve, or, as we say in the biz, the "epi curve." An epidemic curve is a simple graphical representation of the number of cases per a unit of time over a span of time. For example, you could graph the number [...]
Here is some very thoughtful commentary from Dr. Amir Attaran published in Harvard Public Health Review. http://harvardpublichealthreview.org/off-the-podium-why-rios-2016-olympic-games-must-not-proceed/ Here's the clincher from that opinion article: "Which leads to a simple question: But for the Games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now? Of course not: mass migration into the [...]
I found these pictures in one of my hard drives today. They're from the very early days of the 2009 influenza pandemic. I was the influenza surveillance coordinator at the state health department at the time. I decided that I was going to document as much of those days as I could. I didn't have [...]
There's this sickness going around in children in the Midwest...
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa continues to spread. With over 3,000 cases and 1,552 reported deaths (as of August 31, 2014), the seriousness of the outbreak cannot be ignored. While Ebola Zaire is the one causing this outbreak, additional cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo are raising fears that the contagion is [...]
The fascination with Ebola continues, and it has reached a fever pitch (no pun intended) now that Americans with it are being brought to the US for treatment. Everyone who knows nothing about Ebola is convinced that bringing those Americans back will trigger an epidemic here. This is very unlikely, and, if we check the numbers, we have bigger things to worry about.