Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

Brief History Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity as spoils of the 19th Century Opium Wars. For the next 156 years, under British influence, Hong Kong developed a political culture unique to Mainland China and flourished as an open economy. In 1997, after years of negotiations,  Hong … Read more about Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

Today marks one year since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola outbreak, and is now considered the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history, according to the WHO, topped only by the one in West Africa in 2014. One year later, the fight to contain the outbreak is far from … Read more about One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

School is out and summer is in full swing. Days are filled with backyard barbecues, time with friends, and dips in the pool to beat that relentless summer heat. Though swimming in community pools is a regular part of many American’s summer routines, federal public health officials are urging people … Read more about ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. … Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Latest Measles Data   From January 1, 2019, through May 10, 2019, measles cases are now up to 839 and present in 23 states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The outbreaks in the US have been cited as “numerous” and “unrelated” to each other. The … Read more about Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today that at least 704 people have been sickened by measles since January 1, 2019 – the greatest number of reported cases in 25 years, marking a sad and alarming milestone in the history of the disease. The measles … Read more about Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

As numbers continue to rise in the European measles epidemic, localized outbreaks throughout the United States and parts of the rest of the world are being reported. Instead of receding, it appears that the European measles epidemic has transformed into a worldwide measles epidemic. Both local and … Read more about Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

February – a month dedicated to all things heart shaped – has fittingly been dubbed American Heart Month. It is the time of year for us to consider our heart health and to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease. And if you think you're seeing a lot of red today - you're not mistaken. February … Read more about February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

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 … Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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 … Read more about The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

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 … Read more about Peak Flu Season is Almost Here

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

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 … Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health