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Category: Disease Outbreak

Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

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In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Medicine Dispensing Exercise Held at Virginia Costco


What comes to mind when you think “community”? Maybe you immediately think of neighbors and friends who live nearby. Or perhaps local businesses, churches, civic organizations and others. What about some of your regular stops around your community such as your pharmacy where you fill your prescriptions or buy over-the-counter medicine?  Read More >

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Unveiling the Burden of Dengue in Africa

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Most travelers to Africa know to protect themselves from malaria. But malaria is far from the only mosquito-borne disease in Africa. Recent studies have revealed that dengue, a disease that is well recognized in Asia and the Americas, may be commonly misdiagnosed as malaria in Africa. Read More >

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Tiny Turtle–Serious Health Threat

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By Abigail Ferrell, JD, MPA As children, my brother and I talked our very patient mother into letting us have a wide variety of creatures as domestic pets. Nothing too exotic—mostly cats, dogs, and vermin (read: hamsters)—but my brother was also famous for catching wild creatures. We lived near a pond and my brother’s summers Read More >

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The Anatomy of an HIV Outbreak Response in a Rural Community

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In a small, rural town in Southern Indiana, a public health crisis emerges.  In a community that normally sees fewer than five new HIV diagnoses a year, more than a hundred new cases are diagnosed and almost all are coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). How was this outbreak discovered, and what caused this widespread Read More >

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What Global Polio Eradication could mean for your Health Security

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  Globalization has brought global health right to our door-step. In a world where everything from global trade to international travel is on the rise, the infectious disease threats of one region of the world can easily become public health threats present in your own backyard. Read More >

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