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
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on October 30th that Dengvaxia’s, Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine, file has been accepted for priority review within the regulatory agency. With this announcement, the FDA will ensure that a decision will be declared on approval in the United States within six months for the world’s first licensed vaccine … Continue reading Dengvaxia’s FDA Priority Review: Is the global health community settling on a Dengue vaccine?