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EpiCore RFIs: Mysterious Illness Found to be Influenza in Nepal
Sep 17, 2018 | Katherine Churchwell

  On 11 September 2018, HealthMap noted a news- media report of a mystery disease in Kanchanrup Municipality of Saptari in Nepal. The original report...

EpiCore RFIs: Influenza on Emirates Flight 203
Sep 14, 2018 | Emily Cohn

  On 5 September 2018, HealthMap noted multiple news-media reports and twitter posts of sick passengers on an Emirates flight, which had landed at...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Buruli Ulcer
Sep 12, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

    This week’s NTD is a condition that is produced by a bacterium belonging to the same family of microbes that cause leprosy and tuberculosis....

Shedding Light on NTDs: Foodborne Trematode Infections
Sep 5, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Summer is the time of year when public health messaging reminds us of foodborne infections from bacteria like Salmonella, E.coli and Listeria....

Shedding Light on NTDs: Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases
Aug 15, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  To further our NTD discussion from last week, this week we will be discussing soil-transmitted helminthiases. These are intestinal infections...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Schistosomiasis
Aug 8, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  As we continue to dive into the world of neglected tropical diseases, we find ourselves examining schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease whose impact...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Leprosy
Aug 1, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  When a 4,000-year-old skeleton located in Rajasthan, India was unearthed in 2009, archeologists were not expecting to find Mycobacterium leprae...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Trachoma
Jul 27, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Welcome back to “Shedding Light on NTDs”. This week, we will be discussing the leading infectious cause of preventable blindness, a neglected...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Guinea Worm Disease
Jul 12, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Historically referred to as “little dragons”, this week’s NTD is Guinea worm disease. Guinea worm is caused by a parasitic worm that causes severe...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Onchocerciasis / River Blindness
Jun 25, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  As we officially reach the one-month mark of our summer series, “Shedding Light on NTDs”, we hope you are gaining insight and increasing your...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Chagas
Jun 20, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Welcome back to “Shedding Light on NTDs”! This week, we are looking at Chagas disease, also known as American trypanosomiasis, which is a parasitic...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Leishmaniasis
Jun 13, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  This week on “Shedding light on NTDs”, we are taking a look at leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease that spreads through the bite of...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Rabies
Jun 5, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  This week’s NTD topic might sound a little more familiar than the other diseases in this series. When we think about rabies in the United States,...

Shedding Light on NTDs: Chikungunya
May 30, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  Welcome to the first installment of Disease Daily’s Summer Series: “Shedding Light on Neglected Tropical Diseases”. This week, we are looking at...

Summer Series on Neglected Tropical Diseases: Shedding Light on NTDs
May 24, 2018 | Lauren Goodwin

  The chances are that if you turn on your television or scan your local news sources, you will hear about infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola,...

TODAY: Order a Flu Shot Delivered to Your Door
Oct 23, 2014 | Emily Cohn

You’ve heard it here before: the flu is serious, and the best way to prevent getting ill is the flu vaccine. Today, we're teaming up with Uber to...

VacciNerds Explain: Why You Need a Flu Shot
Oct 16, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

There’s a deadly virus about to sweep through the United States. Over the next few months thousands of people will lose their lives. Hundreds of...

VacciNerds Explain: 5 things you probably didn't know about vaccines
Sep 9, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

You might have noticed, but we changed our name. We could tell you that we wanted to find something that suited our voice or better reflected the...

Just the Vax, Please: Is everyone skipping vaccines?
Aug 25, 2014 | Jane Huston

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month....

Just the Vax, Please: Another vaccine myth busted -- this time on safety testing.
Aug 18, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month....

Just the Vax, Please: Busting the "Too Many, Too Soon" Myth
Aug 11, 2014 | Jane Huston

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month. See...

Just the Vax, Please: Have you heard these “toxic” vaccine myths?
Aug 4, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. To celebrate, we are going to tackle a myth about vaccination every Monday throughout the month. Do...

Digital Disease Detection: Can Wikipedia Monitor Diseases Globally?
Jul 21, 2014 | Anonymous

For better or worse, the Internet has become the world’s number one source for health-related information. Think about it: how many times have you...

Just the Vax, Please: Six Signs the Article You’re Reading is Bad Science
Jul 16, 2014 | Jane Huston

One reason we feel so strongly about the role of vaccines in public health is because of the massive amount of good data and quality studies that...

Digital Disease Detection: We See The Trends, But Who is Actually Sick?
Jun 23, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

There are plenty of studies about tracking diseases (such as influenza) using digital data sources, which is awesome! However, many of these studies...

Infectious Diseases and the World Cup
Jun 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Over 600,000 people are expected to be traveling from around the world to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which began on June 12 in Brazil and will...

Digital Disease Detection: Tracking Influenza with...Wikipedia?
Jun 10, 2014 | Anonymous

Hello loyal Disease Daily readers! I am here to tell you about a new method of influenza-like illness surveillance, using a digital data source....

Just the Vax, Please: You might owe your life to Maurice Hilleman. So why don’t you know who he is?
Jun 10, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

"If I had to name a person who has done more for the benefit of human health, with less recognition than anyone else, it would be Maurice Hilleman....

Digital Disease Detection: One Researcher's Take on Twitter, Research and Privacy
Jun 8, 2014 | Anonymous

If you are one of the 255 million active monthly users of the social networking site Twitter, you may be surprised to learn that you are contributing...

Digital Disease Detection: A Look at Participatory Surveillance of Dengue
May 13, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

As an aspiring or expert digital disease detective you are probably familiar with one of the many efforts to monitor diseases such as dengue, by...

Just the Vax Please: Mumps in the Era of Vaccination
May 8, 2014 | Jane Huston

When we hear the word mumps, we picture a young boy wearing wool trousers and suspenders with comically swollen cheeks, left behind while his family...

Just the Vax, Please: A Dengue Vaccine - This Time It’s Personal
Apr 7, 2014 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Everything hurt. For the first time in my life, I could feel the tiny muscles behind my eyeballs. And they ached. It all ached. I had dengue fever...

From the Agony of the Ancients to A Modern Mandate: March 24, World Tuberculosis Day
Mar 28, 2014 | Steven Purcell

We’ve been through this before here on The Disease Daily. Our avid readers know that tuberculosis has been around for centuries, though not always by...

Thirsty and Energized for Change? Celebrate World Water Day.
Mar 21, 2014 | Karen Biala

Since 1993, World Water Day marks an annual international event that brings attention to a specific aspect of freshwater, ranging from the theme of...

Just the Vax, Please: Vaccines and Hospital Acquired Infections -- Using old techniques to address new issues
Mar 18, 2014 | Jane Huston

Like that sweet boy from 10th grade biology who always carried your books, antibiotics are being taken for granted. For decades, we have asked too...

Digital Disease Detection: Using Social Media To Predict Flu Trends
Mar 11, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

It’s the season for coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat and body aches. If you haven’t had the flu or another respiratory illness in the last five...

Digital Disease Detection: An Introduction
Feb 11, 2014 | Elaine Nsoesie

Welcome, dear reader, to the first (of what we hope to be many) post in our new Digital Disease Detection column. My name is Elaine Nsoesie. I am a...

Spotlight on Zika Virus: An insect-borne STD?
Feb 5, 2014 | Katharina Schwan

Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of Zika virus. It’s a relatively unknown mosquito-borne infection that causes only mild illness and is...

Just the Vax, Please: Too Many Adults Aren't Getting Immunized- and Why We Need Them To
Feb 3, 2014 | Jane Huston

There’s big news today in the world of public health professionals focused on immunization (or as I like to think of us, vaccinerds.) The updated...

Spotlight: Oh, You Dirty Rat!
Jan 9, 2014 | Katharine York

We’ve covered a lot of diseases over the past few years, but what we haven’t covered much of are the vectors that carry them. A few months ago, we...