Humans, animals, environment, disease: Can One Health save us?

Humans, animals, the environment and disease are linked. As humans expand to previously uninhabited areas, we are coming into contact with previously unknown pathogens – from contact with animals and the environment. This means we will probably see an increase in novel emerging pathogens (novel to humans at least). And we know that diagnosing and […]

Is the GHSA going to prevent the next pandemic?

Let’s talk about the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and how it may be the solution for preventing the next pandemic. The Global health security what Now don’t worry if you haven’t even heard of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). It’s a relatively new endeavor launched in February 2014. According to the GHSA website […]

The fungus among us – it’s not looking so good.

The world continues to discuss the challenges to addressing antimicrobial resistance. You have probably heard of MERS (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci), and MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant tuberculosis). What these commonly discussed pathogens have in common is that they are all bacteria or viruses. What you don’t commonly hear about are antimicrobial resistant fungal infections. But […]

MERS is still lurking in the shadows

You may vaguely remember hearing of something called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) a few years ago. You may even remember hearing that it’s transmitted to people by camels. Because that’s certainly a memorable reservoir for those of us living in areas without camels. And I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought that it had […]

Researchers predicted where new zoonotic viruses might pop up – and it doesn’t look good

With the recent global outbreaks of Zika and Ebola, have you ever wondered if we can predict the next one? And where in the world it will come from? Me too. Predicting the next zoonotic outbreak is not easy, however a study recently published in Nature aims to do just that. EcoHealth Alliance, the organization […]

Tragedy strikes South Sudan as mishandled measles vaccine kills 15 kids

Tragedy struck South Sudan earlier this month when a measles vaccination campaign went wrong, and 15 children died. The 15 children, all under the age of 5, died of severe sepsis and toxicity due to contaminated measles vaccine, according to a statement by the WHO.  According to the investigation, conducted by the National Adverse Events […]