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Infectious disease

Hitching a ride with Ebola: opportunism

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
The 1918 influenza pandemic killed 50 to 100 million people around the world. The death toll is uncertain because we do not have good figures from China, India, and other parts of Asia. One thing we do know, where some saw death, others saw opportunity. Quack remedies-to cure quickly appeared on... Read more

Why not ban travel to stop Ebola?

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Ebola is rightly frightening people worldwide because of its graphic symptoms, high mortality rates, and perceived infectivity. Over the past few weeks, as we watched one man in Dallas die from Ebola and two of his health providers battle it–with another, unrelated case identified Thursday night... Read more

Yellow fever and Ebola: similar scourges, centuries apart

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 AM
The disease is terrifying. Many of the stricken are left in the streets to die horrible deaths, their bodies unclaimed. Thousands flee. The government appears helpless to stop the scourge from spreading. Physicians and nurses offer care, but have no effective methods of treatment or means to prevent... Read more

Are we prepared for the next emergency?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 AM
Our ability to stop terrorists from turning passenger planes into missiles wasn't the nation's only deficiency back 13 years ago. The public health system wasn't fully prepared for emergencies like anthrax either. What progress have federal and state governments made in recent years to protect... Read more

Blaming moms for vaccine trends

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the growing number of children whose parents have withheld one or more vaccines because of personal beliefs. In news reports on these trends, parents who forgo vaccines... Read more

Pertussis (whooping cough): Not just for kids

Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:30 AM
An over-60 adult I know recently got a pertussis vaccine shot at a medical checkup. The next day, driving past my local pharmacy, I saw signs advertising pertussis shots along with the notices for flu shots. Pertussis, long known as whooping cough, is a childhood ailment, isn’t it? Nope. Children... Read more

Historical antecedents to experimental Ebola treatments

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:00 AM
We had the chance this week to sit down with physician and historian Scott Podolsky to discuss the history of serum therapy, the treatment for Ebola first provided to Americans Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol and now given to three health workers in Liberia. Podolsky is Associate Professor of Global... Read more

Skip baseball, watch a movie

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:30 AM
The Phillies are having a dismal season (and that is the politest term I can think of for describing it). So, there’s no need to sit down at night and watch another game. Turn off the TV and turn on the computer and you can stream some films about public health. Or visit your local library and... Read more

Ebola: fears, truths, answers, and actions

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 6:30 AM
We are getting a lot of news about the ebola virus. Yes, it is extraordinarily deadly and outbreaks can have a case fatality rate of up to 90 percent. Yes, it has now spread to another country, Nigeria, And triggered some fears-but, so far, no diagnoses-in New York. The death toll in Africa is now... Read more

Plague and quarantine: An old (and ongoing) practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:30 AM
Every July in Italy, Venice the Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) celebrates the city’s deliverance from the plague, which killed 50,000 people – in Venice – between 1576 and 1577. (A mass grave of victims was dug up five years ago.) That two-year epidemic was one of the... Read more
About this blog

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, Drexel University School of Public Health
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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