It’s a question every parent worries about in the winter: How bad is the flu season going to be? That question, and the different ways to find answers to it, are opening up a lively discussion among health experts about the value of old-school scientific data and high-tech crowd-sourcing — and whether the new technology may someday help state and federal agencies analyze the spread of infectious diseases. According to Cindy Burnett, an epidemiologist for the Utah Department of Health, “this flu season is a much more mild season than last year so far, but we haven’t peaked yet.” That observation counters an analysis issued last week by Kinsa, a San Francisco-based health technology company, which declared “Utah is currently the sickest state in the country this week, with 5.7 percent of the population (over 182,400 people) experiencing flu-like symptoms.” The difference comes down to methodology. For this flu season, said Burnett, … [Read more...] about An app says Utah is the ‘sickest state;’ officials say it’s a mild flu season so far. Will tech change how infectious diseases are tracked?
About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. View all posts by Bara Vaida → Photo: BBC World Service via Flickr President Trump, along with immigration opponents, repeatedly assert that immigrants are bringing infectious diseases to the U.S., but never provide any data to back up their claims. That is because virtually every public health expert says there isn’t any evidence that this is the case. “There is no evidence to show that migrants are spreading disease,” Dr. Paul Spiegel, who directs the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health told journalist Maggie Fox of NBC News. “That is a false argument … [Read more...] about Tip sheet offers sources to debunk claims linking immigrants to infectious diseases
Sunday, December 02, 2018 by: Ethan Huff Tags: AIDs, badhealth, biohazard, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, disease, Donald Trump, HIV, hordes, ill illegals, Illegal aliens, illegal caravan, illegal immigrants, illegals, illness, infectious, infectious disease, invaders, invasion, invasion usa, Mexico, migrant caravan, migrants, outbreak, Port of Entry, President Trump, San Ysidro, sick illegals, Tijuana, Trump, tuberculosis (Natural News) Thousands of migrant invaders trying to rush the United States border via Mexico are reportedly now having to undergo medical treatment because they’re infected with life-threatening diseases, reveal figures just released from Tijuana’s Health Department. Officials in Mexico say that at least one third of the illegal caravan’s 6,000 members are suffering from HIV, tuberculosis, or one or more of a number of other serious illnesses that are putting local populations at risk of infection. “There are three … [Read more...] about The migrant caravan trying to invade the USA is actually a DISEASE caravan that’s infested with HIV, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
Le Thi Huong, Dean from the Preventive Medicine and Public Health School, speaks at the conference in Hanoi on November 13 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Local and international health experts discussed measures to confront infectious diseases at an international conference which opened in Hanoi on November 13. “One Health Academic Challenges: Preparing Today’s Workforce to Combat Tomorrow’s Infectious Diseases”, was organised by the Hanoi Medical University, the Preventive Medicine and Public Health School and the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). “We live in a fragile and connected world where a disease can easily transmit across the globe in just a matter of days. Experts say that the next outbreak or epidemic is inevitable, but preventing it from becoming a pandemic is possible,” said Le Thi Huong, Dean of the Preventive Medicine and Public Health School. Huong said university members needed to strengthen the One Health … [Read more...] about Experts discuss ways to combat infectious diseases
About Bara Vaida Bara Vaida (@barav) is AHCJ's core topic leader on infectious diseases. An independent journalist, she has written extensively about health policy and infectious diseases. Her work has appeared in outlets that include the National Journal, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg News, McClatchy News Service, MSNBC, NPR, Politico and The Washington Post. View all posts by Bara Vaida → more often around the world. Influenza virus circulated in the southern hemisphere and then spread to the U.S., killing about 80,000 people during this past flu season – the most in decades. Monkeypox, a rare disease outside of Africa, was found in three people in the United Kingdom for the first time. Ebola has broken out once again in Africa. HuffPost’s Lauren Weber says this trend is the reason why infectious diseases is a mainstay of her beat as a public health reporter and why she has been able to cover the Ebola outbreak from Washington, D.C. “Though Ebola is … [Read more...] about Increasing infectious disease outbreaks highlight need for public health reporting