Infectious Diseases Blog
An out of hospital perspective
By Alan McLean
As an intensive care paramedic with 35 years experience, I watched TV thinking I am glad it’s not me dealing with Ebola as the many courageous front line HCW and community responders in Western Africa are. But are we that lucky, is Ebola a West African problem that we only watch on TV? Now having firsthand experience in... more
By Raina MacIntyre
October 4 2014
Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements in history. In 1796 Edward Jenner discovered that inoculation with cowpox could protect against smallpox. The term “vaccinus” means “Of a cow” in Latin, and refers to Jenner’s discovery. Smallpox vaccine was followed in the 19th century by vaccines against plague, diphtheria and typhoid. Smallpox... more
Questioning the origin of the West African Ebola Outbreak
Dr. Mohammed Alpha Jalloh (MD).
October 2 2014
This current 2014 West African Ebola outbreak has indeed being quite unprecedented and has been described by the Global health agencies including the World Health Organisation, Doctors without borders or Medicins Sans Frontier (MSF) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with superlative... more
By Ronan Kelly.
October 1 2014
Ronan Kelly (USA) is a Senior Moderator at www.FluTrackers.com, with an interest in outbreaks in India.
Past history of AES in India
Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) is a growing problem in India. The first major outbreak was in West Bengal in 1973 involving 700 cases and over 300 deaths. Subsequent serological studies identified the Japanese Encephalitis (JE)... more
By Professor Guy Richards MBBCh PhD FCP(SA) FRCP
Professor of Critical Care University of the Witwatersrand
Director of Critical Care Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, South Africa.
September 30th 2014
Professor Richards led the management of nosocomial Ebola outbreak in Johannesburg in 1996.
The current West African epidemic of Ebola raises many questions that have troubled me... more
By Raina MacIntyre
September 27 2014
The latest Ebola modelling paper from MMWR by Martin Meltzer et al(1) is a welcome change from the flood of descriptive papers which do nothing more than describe the massive failure of disease control efforts in West Africa. This study gives us a practical piece of information which can be used to inform disease control efforts: If 70% of cases are in Ebola... more
By Professor Lisa Brosseau and Assistant Professor Rachael Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago.
September 24 2014
I would like to respond to recent comments about the likelihood of aerosol transmission of Ebola virus. The CIDRAP commentary I published with my colleague, Dr. Rachael Jones, outlines the variables that might contribute to aerosol transmission of this particular infectious... more