Tag Archive: infectious disease

Apr 07

Pandemics and Information

There have seldom been as many times over the last 100 years when the world has faced such a diversity of emerging infectious diseases. For this reason, I want to review some of the best websites and blogs for tracking pandemic threats. Michael Coston has a wonderful blog titled Avian Flu Diary, which tracks emerging …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2017/04/pandemics/

Sep 12

The sad human toll of Zika

There was a brief flurry of media coverage regarding Zika after the discovery that it was spreading within Florida last month. Over the last couple of weeks, however, it seems to have receded from the headlines. Some recent coverage, however, really provide a sense of the human toll of Zika. Reveal is a new podcast …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/09/the-human-toll-of-zika/

Aug 04

Why Congress must act on Zika

In July 2016 the CDC issued an advisory notice that warned pregnant women -or women planning to become pregnant- against traveling to 45 different countries. With the virus’s arrival in Florida, however, the public in that state is now wrestling with what this means for mothers and their partners. The issue is now becoming a topic …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/08/zika-and-congress/

Aug 02

Zika in the continental U.S.

Zika has already become a significant health issue in Puerto Rico, where there have been more than 5,500 infections. More than 600 of these infections have been in pregnant women. The outbreak has also set off massive public debates on the island regarding everything from insecticides to the structure of local government. It was inevitable …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/08/zika-in-the-continental-u-s/

Jul 01

Resources on Zika

There is still so much that we don’t know about Zika. I was recently speaking with a medical historian who wondered if people in eastern Africa and Asia might have resistance to the disease, since it originated in those areas, or whether the epidemic will spread as explosively as it did in South America? Will …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/07/resources-on-zika/

May 18

Destroying smallpox stocks

Smallpox has killed countless people over the last 12,000 years. It is difficult now to understand the terror that smallpox evoked in a pre-vaccination era. When smallpox was introduced into new populations the death rates sometimes could even exceed 90%, as was the case with the Mandans in the 1837 Great Plains Epidemic. The virus …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2016/05/destroying-smallpox-stocks/

Dec 14

Zika fever in Brazil

The health news from Brazil is truly remarkable, as the Ministry of Health is advising women in the northeast not to become pregnant at this time because of the emergence of a new disease in the Americas called Zika fever. Historically, Zika fever has been a very rare disease, which until 2007 had caused only …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/12/zika-fever-in-brazil/

Jun 12

MERS in South Korea

I have blogged about MERS before on this site, but this disease has faded from the news for the last year, until the most recent outbreak in South Korea. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is an infectious disease caused by a corona virus, in the same manner as the SARS outbreak of 2003. The disease first appeared …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/06/mers-in-south-korea/

May 12

Conspiracy theories and the 2009 influenza pandemic

The Journal of International and Global Studies is an open access journal, which has just published my article: Whom do you trust: Doubt and Conspiracy theories in the 2009 Influenza Pandemic. The article examines how people in widely separated world regions responded to the pandemic with motifs based around trust and betrayal. While the article …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/05/conspiracy-theories-and-the-2009-influenza-pandemic/

May 08

Bird Flu in the United States

As Americans and Canadians follow the threats posed by emerging infectious diseases they are accustomed to hearing news from distant countries such as Saudi Arabia or Liberia. While the threat posed by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) may move its focus from Indonesia to Egypt, events seem far from our borders. Yet the U.S. is …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.introtoglobalstudies.com/2015/05/bird-flu-in-the-united-states/

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