Neglected Tropical Diseases and why they matter to everyone

The recent Ebola outbreak has shed a light on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that most Americans have only heard of in passing or never heard of at all.  What are NTDs you ask? Great question. Neglected Tropical Diseases are a group of infections caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and helminths. The 17 WHO priority NTDs […]

Scary emerging viruses from around the world

With all this talk about Ebola for the last few months, and conceivably the next 6 months at least, I wanted to touch on other scary emerging viruses and why this Ebola epidemic is potentially the start of a new age of emerging infectious disease outbreaks. The authors of a recent Science Translational Medicine article state […]

Mosquito-borne illnesses

While the world focuses on Ebola, and rightfully so for many reasons, we must not forget about the other infectious diseases that are claiming lives everyday but may not be getting as much media coverage here in the US. The focus of this post is about some of the mosquito-borne illnesses that plague people around […]

Who decides recipients of potentially lifesaving Ebola drugs

There have been recent news reports stating that the 2 Americans infected with Ebola who were transported back to America for treatment, were given an untested (in humans) Ebola drug, ZMAPP. Now for me this begs the question, why is the FDA allowing for the use of untested drugs to treat Ebola? Not only ZMAPP […]