Sep
12

Ignore the Ebola Pandemic at Your Own Risk

We have written several posts about the 2014 outbreak and have been alarmed at the lack of response by the International community to rally and intercept this growing threat. The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is growing at an exponential rate, i.e., on a track that continues to double the total caseload within…
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Sep
08

Public Health Update: Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68), …

Over 1,000 Children infected with suspected Human Enterovirus 68 (HEV68) Over one thousand children in the Midwest have presented with symptoms of suspected Enterovirus 68, a rare, highly infectious virus that affects children more severely than adults, especially those under five years old and those with asthma. The infection starts with cold-like symptoms and then…
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Sep
04

EBOLA INFECTIONS GAINING MOMENTUM AS DEATH TOLL EXCEEDS …

The World Health Organization’s chief, Margaret Chan, told reporters today that the death toll from the current West Africa Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,900, with over 3,500 cases identified. Other alarming statements included that the outbreak is fast outpacing efforts to contain it, and it would probably take between six and nine months to get ahead…
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Aug
24

Major Quake Tests Hospital Triage in Napa California

According to the USGS, at 3:20AM, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale shook the South Napa city area in Northern California, causing major damage and dozens of injuries. There were approximately 89 injuries reported, including three severely injured from falling debris, the most serious of those was reportedly a child in critical condition,…
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Aug
22

Ferguson Lessons: Five Questions for Every Hospital …

In the Ferguson, Missouri case of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer, we have seen how quickly tensions can boil over; escalating from a small group of protesters to a full blown riot in the space of a few hours, and even minutes. Politics aside, the first lesson here is that…
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Aug
19

Ebola Update: Stop Talking and Start Doing

In what seems like a rollercoaster ride of news and pronouncements concerning the 2014 Ebola outbreak, we have been told not to worry,  it is a fragile virus that does not move easily between host and victim, it is not airborne, the US healthcare system can easily contain an outbreak through better infection control process…
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