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
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
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
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 – … Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes
10 people in Kerala, a southern state in India, have been confirmed dead as a result of the deadly Nipah virus (NiV), said to have been spread by fruit bats. The Nipah virus was first identified in 1999 when pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore fell extremely ill because of close contact with pigs … Read more about Nipah Virus Outbreak: Deadly and Dynamic Situation in India
This might be news to some, but centuries after the black death took 25 million lives - an estimated 60% of the European population – the plague is still present in our modern world. Madagascar, an island located off the southeast coast of Africa and home to 24.89 million residents, is experiencing … Read more about Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar
While adventure travelers to sub-Saharan Africa have known for years about the intricacies of malaria prophylaxis or sleeping with a mosquito net, travelers to more tame locations now need to prepare for some of those same diseases. An increasing number of mosquito-borne illnesses common in … Read more about Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities
For years, public health experts have warned that a rising tide of antibiotic resistance could make once-manageable diseases into untreatable “superbugs.” Now, an illness most would rather ignore is approaching that threshold and demanding global attention: gonorrhea. Gonorrhea, a … Read more about Gonorrhea: The Next Superbug?