Tag: #infectiousdisease

We’re about to have a really bad influenza season

Today’s weekly national flu report had the following nugget of information under the virology section: “41(48%) of the 85 H3N2 viruses tested have been characterized as A/Texas/50/2012-like, the influenza A (H3N2) component of the 2014-2015 Northern Hemisphere influenza vaccine. 44 (52%) of the 85 viruses tested showed either reduced titers with antiserum produced against A/Texas/50/2012 or belonged to a genetic…

Ebola Crash Course, Part I

Sometime ago, I decided to do an “epidemiology night school” and actually put together several blog posts to introduce lay audiences to the art of epidemiology. It was all the rage back then. With the current Ebola situation, I thought I’d give you a crash course in Ebola from the epidemiological point of view. I must confess that I’m not an…

Talking Tuesday: What else? Ebolaaaaa!

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Yes, I’m late again. Relax. It’s not like there are scores of you waiting for the podcast each week. Last I checked (this morning), there were 17 people subscribed to the podcast feed. I don’t know how many are subscribed via iTunes, but I’m guessing there’s not a lot.

Anyway, today’s rant is really a rant, and it originated from the madness going around in the media (mainstream, social, and popular) about the case of Ebola that was identified in Texas. We are worrying and sometimes outright panicking too much about this one case in Texas, ignoring the enormous burden of Ebola (and other diseases) on Africa. Also, I managed to get about a minute in of opinion on a satellite radio talk show. I explained to the host that between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States will die from influenza, but we don’t stop planes from coming here from other countries, and we don’t disinfect schools because of it.

I don’t know if I’ll have next week’s episode on time because I’m going to be very busy, but I’ll do my darnedest to get it uploaded on time. Thank you for your time, and thanks for listening.

You can download the MP3 file by clicking here.

Playing with code and maps

I’ve been playing with some coding and some mapping, and a great WordPress plug-in to put it all together, and I’m working on some maps to display news about measles. You can see the page (still in progress) here. It’s all a variation of this map that I kept for 2011 and 2012. Tell me what you think in the comments…