Sunday, February 7, 2016

Infectious disease

Why is Zika ‘exploding’ across the Americas? The Aedes aegyptei mosquito

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
The rapid spread of the Zika virus through the Americas, infecting hundreds of thousands of people in Brazil alone since May 2015, is the latest episode in a long running battle between human populations and the ubiquitous Aedes aegyptei mosquito. Zika is exploding because this particular mosquito... Read more

Lead in Flint: This is America

Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Our outrage at the poisoning of the people of Flint, Mich. - and the way the government failed, once again, its poorest and most disenfranchised citizens - is hard to contain. As a nation, to deal with such crises effectively, we need to overcome racism and lax enforcement of environmental regulations... Read more

Latest battle in ongoing mosquito war: Zika

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:32 AM
Perhaps the longest war humans have ever fought is the war on disease. Now there is a new front, approaching from the Caribbean and South America: Zika. Many battles have focused on wiping out mosquitoes, the carriers of Yellow Fever, which killed 5,000 Philadelphians (10 percent of the city’s... Read more

Emergency preparedness: states need to step up (and so do you)

Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:30 AM
In 2015 we watched the raging Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. The lessons for the United States became clear: We need an effective means of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and responding to outbreaks, and this must be done not just at the international level, by the World Health Organization... Read more

A public health message from your pet

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:30 AM
It’s about time I got some recognition from the humans here at The Public’s Health, not to mention the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (It has a whole new website!) Yes, it’s me, your pet. I know you appreciate me. I help you keep fit. I lower your stress. I bring... Read more

Who wants to go to work sick?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 6:30 AM
I’m not proud of this but, back in 1986, I showed up for work sick many times because I was pregnant and needed to “save up” my sick days so that I could have some time after childbirth to tend to my new baby. It was before the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible... Read more

Why all the news about Legionnaires' disease?

Monday, August 24, 2015, 7:32 PM
Legionnaires’ disease has been in the news a bunch this summer. An outbreak in New York City caused 12 deaths. A West Chester University employee was confirmed to be infected with the disease last month, Legionella bacteria were found in university cooling towers and then again in hot water systems... Read more

Should you worry about MERS?

Friday, June 5, 2015, 6:30 AM
With more than 1,600 people quarantined in South Korea and outbreaks elsewhere, you may be wondering: what is MERS and do I need to worry? Here are some quick facts: MERS (technically MERS-CoV) stands for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus. In plain language, MERS is a viral respiratory... Read more

Public health in practice: A WASH interview with Timothy Hayden

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 AM
Last month, Timothy Hayden returned to Australia (where I’m currently based) after coordinating the WASH activities Aspen Medical for four remote Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia. I interviewed him about his work there and in other regions of the globe—including the Philippines, the Solomon... Read more

App lets gamers play Disease Detective

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 AM
“Solve the Outbreak,” a free app developed for the general public by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immerses game players in the world of Disease Detectives, the CDC’s equivalent of a SWAT team. These members of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) are the on-the-ground... Read more
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What is public health — and why does it matter?

Through prevention, education, and intervention, public health practitioners - epidemiologists, health policy experts, municipal workers, environmental health scientists - work to keep us healthy.

It’s not always easy. Michael Yudell, Jonathan Purtle, and other contributors tell you why.

Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc Assistant Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
Janet Golden, PhD Professor of history, Rutgers University-Camden
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