The reality of life in this second decade of the 21st century is that disease threats that once were local, can now spread globally in a matter of hours or days.  Vast oceans and prolonged travel times...

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In response to the earlier statement released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) where the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was described as an “extraordinary event”...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued today new case definitions for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for health care providers. Person Under Investigation (PUI) A person who has both consistent...

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With the early success of the “experimental serum” use in the two Samaritan’s Purse volunteers who contracted Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) while treating patients in Liberia, the Centers...

A long time “pet peeve” of mine has been either reading an article by a journalist, or listening to a news anchor on the TV and hearing the following statement, “the individual had contracted...

In August of 2010, roughly 9 months after the first vaccines for the pandemic H1N1 virus became available, we began to see reports of an increase in narcolepsy among children and adolescents in Northern...

The raw seafood used in foods such as sushi and sashimi may contain parasitic worms that can cause relatively mild to severe infections in humans. Anisakis simplex is the most likely offender when it comes...

The Philippines is an archipelago consisting of 7100-plus islands located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country brings in foreign travelers for a diverse number of reasons ranging from the cool climate...

More and more people have subscribed to David Stractan’s theory known as the hygiene hypothesis, and now a small but growing number of people suffering from certain illnesses have taken hold of helminthic...

Walking pneumonia is a very common type of respiratory illness, with an estimated 2 million cases annually in the United States, caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae. The mycoplasmas are the smallest known...