Zika was a hot topic, but now it seems like it is a thing of the past. People always ask me…”Is Zika still is a thing?” And my response is, “Of course! Just because it has declined, certainly does not mean that it isn’t still a public health threat.” Interesting enough, comments like “Is Zika … Continue reading Is Zika still a thing? My experiences as a Zika Case Manager in the field (South Florida)
In 2015, I put together a panel of diverse public health professionals in order to provide graduate students with guidance on how to best prepare for (and land) a relevant public health job. The majority of the seasoned professionals on the panel (all epidemiologists) mentioned the impact 9/11 had on them being able to get … Continue reading 2017 Zika Update: A Synopsis
2015 saw a twenty-fold increase of microcephaly in Brazilian newborns. A WHO report states with scientific consensus that the Zika virus is the cause for microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, while further neurological disorders are potentially linked. An article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association seeks to uncover what we might learn about … Continue reading Is Zika the next Thalidomide?
by Abbhirami Rajagopal Zika virus was originally reported in 1952 in the Transactions of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The original study involved placing a Rhesus monkey in a cage in the ZIka forest in Uganda. The monkey subsequently developed a fever and the researchers were identified a transmissible agent from its serum, … Continue reading Zika virus: An emerging threat
Health inequalities and disparities have plagued this fragile earth since the beginning of unprecedented medical advances, the wealth divide, and the transition from agricultural economies to industrialized states. These health inequalities can range from lack of access to diagnosing technology, unaffordable medications that treat ubiquitous ailments, and distribution barriers that cause a shortage of preventive … Continue reading The Forgotten Health Inequality: Languages and Medical Information