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Infectious Disease Transmission


  • Identifying Infectious Threats Before They Spread
    If an infectious disease outbreak or an attack using an agent such as anthrax were to occur in Chicago, it most likely first will be noticed in emergency rooms throughout the city. Swift identification of the cause of an incoming patients’ illness could be crucial to ...More
    March 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • Cholera-like Disease is 'Piggybacking' on El Nino to Reach New Shores
    New research just published has highlighted how El Niño could be transporting and spreading waterborne diseases like cholera thousands of miles, across oceans, with significant impacts for public health. The study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology from a ...More
    March 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • The Dissemination of Staph Infections in Hospitals
    Wireless sensors recording human interactions explain the transmission of MRSA in hospitals, according to research by Thomas Obadia and colleagues. The study, published this week in PLOS Computational Biology, reveals that close proximity interactions between patients and ...More
    March 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Hashtag Health: Using Twitter to Track the Spread of Influenza is Producing Results
    A social media–monitoring program led by San Diego State University geography professor Ming-Hsiang Tsou could help physicians and health officials learn when and where severe outbreaks are occurring in real time. In results published last month in the Journal of Medical ...More
    November 19, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Propose Social Network Modeling to Fight Hospital Infections
    Two researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have teamed up with a researcher at American University to develop a framework to help prevent costly and deadly infections acquired by hospitalized patients. The research of Sean Barnes, ...More
    October 23, 2013 Posted in News
  • Climate Change Impacting the Spread of Infectious Diseases
    Climate change is already affecting the spread of infectious diseases--and human health and biodiversity worldwide--according to disease ecologists reporting research results in this week's issue of the journal Science. Modeling disease outcomes from host and parasite ...More
    August 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Provides New Clues to How Flu Virus Spreads
    People may more likely be exposed to the flu through airborne virus than previously thought, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study also found that when flu patients wear a surgical mask, the release of virus in even the ...More
    March 8, 2013 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Researchers Ponder Role of Undetected Carriers as an Outbreak Source
    Hospital personnel may be the source of a nosocomial outbreak (NO), but the role of undetected carriers as an outbreak source is yet unknown. Danzmann, et al. (2013) conducted a systematic review to evaluate outbreaks caused by healthcare workers. The Worldwide Outbreak ...More
    February 25, 2013 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Using Transportation Data to Predict Pandemics
    In a world of increasing global connections, predicting the spread of infectious diseases is more complicated than ever. Pandemics no longer follow the patterns they did centuries ago, when diseases swept through populations town by town; instead, they spread quickly and ...More
    February 18, 2013 Posted in News
  • Dust Plumes Power Intercontinental Microbial Migrations
    Along with pollutants from Asia, trans-Pacific dust plumes deliver vast quantities of microbes to North America, according to a manuscript published online ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. "We detected thousands of unique microbial ...More
    December 17, 2012 Posted in News
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