San Diego's Public Health Crisis

The city of San Diego, California, has been battling an outbreak of the hepatitis A virus (HAV) since November of 2016.  To date, the outbreak has taken 16 lives and has led to over 300 cases. On September 1, 2017, San Diego's public health officials declared the current hepatitis A outbreak a … Read more about San Diego's Public Health Crisis

Deadly Virus is Spreading in Hospitals in the UK

Hospital-acquired infections are a common cause of patient illness and death around the world, including in well-developed hospital systems. The United Kingdom recently reported on an outbreak  in which over 200 patients were colonized with the fungus Candida auris (C. auris). Colonization occurs … Read more about Deadly Virus is Spreading in Hospitals in the UK

Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

Hong Kong is experiencing a significant seasonal flu outbreak, with over 200 dead since May; this summer's strain has infected thousands more and hospitals have been overloaded with new patients. According to the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, over 2,000 new cases were reported in the last … Read more about Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

The Invisible Threat – Inside the Leading Environmental Cause of Death

An unintended consequence of globalization and the spread of industrialization, air pollution has become the leading environmental cause of death globally and fifth among all causes of death, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure. The 2017 State of Global Air report found that air … Read more about The Invisible Threat – Inside the Leading Environmental Cause of Death