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2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

By Megan Kasprzak | December 27, 2018

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. During the 1950s, in stark contrast to the present day, almost every American was affected by the measles, with nearly all children suffering a bout… Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By Megan Kasprzak | December 2, 2018

News of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in western Africa shocked the world and took international media by storm. Despite international efforts to contain the virus, in the largest outbreak of its kind, the virus took the lives of 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Although no stranger to Ebola and the devastating effects the disease can have on… Read more about The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

By Colin Macintosh | November 19, 2018

The 2017-2018 flu season was exceptionally devastating for a multitude of reasons ranging from uncontrollable environmental factors to vaccine efficacy issues. With the 2018-2019 flu season rapidly approaching, it is imperative that the lessons learned from the last flu season, as well as years prior, are observed.  What Went Wrong in 2017  The 2017-2018 Flu season… Read more about Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

By Megan Kasprzak | October 31, 2018

As we wrap up the “Hurricane Florence Aftermath” blog series, there are still thousands of individuals that are stranded in shelters and unable to live in their now-damaged homes. The effects of the deadly storm will linger long after the flood waters have resided, and for our third and final article, we address one of… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

By Cameron Burnsed | October 22, 2018

Last week’s salmonella outbreak affected 29 states and sickened 92 people, resulting in 21 hospitalizations (no deaths have been reported). These cases mark the 16th salmonella outbreak in 2018,  which is twice as many as 2015 or 2016. The current outbreak is courtesy of a strain called Salmonella Infantis and, according to the CDC, appears to be resistant to a multitude… Read more about CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

By Megan Kasprzak | October 17, 2018

In the first article of our three-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we explored the potential effects that hog waste overflow could have on public health and water contamination. In the second part of our series, we are diving into a new flood-related public health threat – mosquitoes. In North Carolina alone, Florence dumped upwards… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part I – Hog Waste and Water Contamination

By Megan Kasprzak | October 3, 2018

In a merciless path of destruction, Hurricane Florence killed 49, trapped hundreds, and made parts of North and South Carolina impassable with historic flooding. Numbers are still being tallied, but the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has estimated that 5,214 people and almost 600 animals were rescued from flooded areas. In addition to the usual challenges that can be expected with floodwaters,… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part I – Hog Waste and Water Contamination

Puerto Rico Increases Death Toll to 50 times the Originally Reported Number

By Megan Kasprzak | August 29, 2018

As the nation’s attention turns towards peak hurricane season this year, Puerto Rico and its residents have only just begun to recover from the 2017 hurricane season. In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore merciless paths of destruction through the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm that boasted wind speeds that reached up to 185 mph.… Read more about Puerto Rico Increases Death Toll to 50 times the Originally Reported Number

Traveler’s Diarrhea

By Cameron Burnsed | August 21, 2018

Traveler’s diarrhea is one of the most common health issues individuals can encounter while traveling in a foreign country. Also known as TD, the stomach and intestinal infection is so common, the CDC reports nearly 30% to 70% of all travelers experience a type of Traveler’s diarrhea while traveling. The unpleasant illness has earned infamous nicknames like “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “Pharaoh’s Revenge,” and “Delhi Belly.” It can take up to… Read more about Traveler’s Diarrhea

2018 World Cup: Measles Travel Warning

By Emily Elmore | June 12, 2018

On Thursday, millions from around the world will be attending, tuning in or live streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the world’s most popular sporting event, featuring the world’s most popular athlete – Cristiano Ronaldo. For those lucky enough to attend this highly anticipated global event, the CDC has recommended that all attendees should receive… Read more about 2018 World Cup: Measles Travel Warning

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