Tag: #outbreak

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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 heart of an outbreak is a public health no-brainer. And given the choice between accelerating a dangerous new disease or not—for it is impossible that Games will slow Zika down—the answer should be a no-brainer for the Olympic organizers too. Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed.”

I agree. Either Zika in South America and the Caribbean is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, in which case the games must not proceed… Or it isn’t. It is, and the games should not be carried out because the danger is real of the virus being taken back home by athletes and visitors.

Legionnaires’ disease numbers

One of the things that we often like to say when giving data is “All things being equal…” Of course, we know that all things are not equal. There are differences between people and populations. A city like New York may be close to Philadelphia, but the two have differences that make them unique. From the racial make-up of a…

Ebola continues to spread just slightly slower than fear

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 spreading, even as scientists have…

Talking Tuesday: The Influenza Kids

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What happens when a group of kids with the flu comes to the United States? You’d think that there was this big, huge response with lots of doctors and nurses. Nope. There was only one outbreak, so they only needed one epidemiologist: Me.

Sit back and enjoy this mini-podcast and why I’ll never run without personal protective equipment into a building full of sick people again.