The world has moved on from Ebola, what does that mean for West Africa?

Now that the West African Ebola epidemic is over, what does that mean for the residents of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone? Is it back to life as usual, but with everyone on constant lookout for more Ebola cases? Are there special health considerations necessary for Ebola survivors? The WHO developed a three phase framework for […]

Another infectious disease bites the dust (mostly)

On November 10th, 2015, the WHO issued a press release stating that five years after the introduction and incorporation of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine in the “meningitis belt” of Africa, that area has controlled and nearly eliminated the deadly meningitis A disease. In 2014, there were only 4 laboratory confirmed cases of meningitis A in […]

Should we be concerned about MERS?

Is MERS the next Ebola? Or does the world have it “contained”? MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) is caused by a coronavirus. MERS-CoV (MERS corona virus) was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012 (subsequently discovered to be widespread in dromedary camels) but it’s only recently that the news cycle (here, here, and here, for example) has […]

Google is tracking influenza outbreaks, and it’s actually pretty cool

In this interconnected world, companies are finding out that you can reliably track the spread of infectious diseases by what search terms people are using. One really cool example of this is Google Flu Trends whereby Google uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current influenza activity around the world in near real-time. Google’s Flu Trends is […]