Welcome to The Disease Daily!

Aug 15, 2011 | Sumiko Mekaru | Research & Policy

HealthMap strives to provide you with the infectious disease outbreak news you need to know along with the geographic and timeline context for you to understand it. In January 2009, we started a blog to provide broader information on outbreaks occurring worldwide. Today we are excited to start The Disease Daily and HealthMap Local. Here at The Disease Daily, we'll provide you with the context you need to understand current outbreaks: "Does the report of a new tattoo infection mean there's a scary new disease?,” "Why is there an anthrax outbreak in China?," or "What's going on in the Somali refugee camps?"

At The Disease Daily, we will continue to provide summaries of important outbreaks, but we'll also publish feature pieces explaining the larger context for infectious disease news. In the upcoming weeks, we'll be expanding our reporting from what you've seen on the blog: more updates, deeper explanations of outbreaks, and more extensive coverage. We've also created a news section called Outbreaks 101 where we plan to breakdown basic but important questions like "How do you eradicate a disease forever?" or "Why do people need to be vaccinated for measles in a 'measles-free' country?" Have a question you want us to answer? E-mail us at DiseaseDaily@gmail.com and we'll put in on the list for future columns.

Thank you for visiting The Disease Daily.  We hope to become a regular stop during your daily web-browsing.

Don't forget to click over to HealthMap Local to see what illnesses have been reported in your area.  With HealthMap Local, you can set your location and see what's happening near you, just like checking your local weather forecast online.

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