Epidemics


  • Scientists Developing Early Warning System for Epidemics
    Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right countermeasures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. The EU’s EO2HEAVEN project developed a risk map for correlating environmental and health data in order to identify where a ...More
    February 21, 2014 Posted in News
  • E-Health Services Not Prepared for Epidemics
    National and international organizations are ill-prepared to exploit e-health systems in the event of the emergence of a major pandemic disease, according to a research paper to be published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology. E-health ...More
    August 14, 2013 Posted in News
  • APIC Addresses What IPs Need to Know About Outbreaks, Epidemics and Pandemics
    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) provide the following primer to help infection preventionists differentiate between outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics: What is an outbreak?An outbreak is a sudden rise in the number of cases of ...More
    February 22, 2013 Posted in News, Policies and Practice
  • New Pathogen Epidemic Identified in Sub-Saharan Africa
    A new study reveals that the emergence and spread of a rapidly evolving invasive intestinal disease, that has a significant mortality rate (up to 45 percent) in infected people in sub-Saharan Africa, seems to have been potentiated by the HIV epidemic in Africa. The team ...More
    October 1, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Model of Disease Contagion Ranks U.S. Airports in Terms of Their Spreading Influence
    Public health crises of the past decade — such as the 2003 SARS outbreak, which spread to 37 countries and caused about 1,000 deaths, and the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic that killed about 300,000 people worldwide — have heightened awareness that new viruses or bacteria could ...More
    July 23, 2012 Posted in News
  • NIH Scientists Link Quickly Spreading Gene to Asian MRSA Epidemic
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their colleagues in China have described a rapidly emerging Staphylococcus aureus gene, called sasX, which plays a pivotal role in establishing methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) epidemics in most of Asia. Senior author ...More
    April 22, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Model for Epidemic Contagion
    Humans are considered the hosts for spreading epidemics. The speed at which an epidemic spreads is now better understood thanks to a new model accounting for the provincial nature of human mobility, according to a study published in EPJ B. The research was conducted by a ...More
    January 11, 2012 Posted in News
  • New Imaging Technology Could Help Identify Start and Cause of Infectious Disease Epidemics
    The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, Texas and Philips have collaborated to develop new imaging technology that could be used to help identify the start and cause of an infectious disease epidemic. King Li, MD, radiology chair and the project's leader, and ...More
    August 17, 2011 Posted in News, Infections & Pathogens
  • Internet Search Queries Can Help Monitor Epidemics, Could Quicken Public Health Response
    Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Google.org have found web-based search data to be a viable source of information for early detection and monitoring of outbreaks of dengue, an emerging mosquito-borne virus found in tropical areas of the world. Because search ...More
    May 31, 2011 Posted in News
  • Anatomy of an Outbreak
    What causes a virus to suddenly begin infecting large numbers of people? Scientists have long known that the process they call "viral emergence" involves a wide variety of factors. Some are changes in the environment, either generated by natural causes or human ...More
    May 6, 2011 Posted in News
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