22
Sep
2017
Outbreaks

Getting Hepatitis A Off the Streets of San Diego


02
Jun
2017
Outbreaks
by Bob G. Vincent

Zika Virus: What Can We Expect this Summer?

As summertime approaches and vulnerable areas of the US warm up, concerns over the potential spread of Zika virus are on the rise. The virus is spread mainly through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito, but also can be transmitted sexually. Zika virus is associated with birth defects (microcephaly) in infants of infected... Read More »

05
May
2017
Outbreaks
by Fred Reiff, PE

Out of the Jungle: Yellow Fever on the Rise

Yellow fever, a deadly scourge transmitted by mosquitoes that has impacted the course of human history time and time again, is on the rise in Latin America. The first yellow fever death in Brazil in 17 years occurred in January 2017, when a young person who worked in the jungle succumbed to the disease. A... Read More »

05
Aug
2016
Outbreaks
by Bob G. Vincent

Stepping up Our Game against Zika Virus

“Ground zero” for the first likely cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the US has been identified as a one-mile square patch in the Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown Miami.  The virus has not yet been found in local mosquitoes, but Florida Department of Health officials are aggressively implementing disease and environmental surveillance while city... Read More »

22
Jul
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Sepsis Explained

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. Sepsis causes inflammation throughout the body, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sepsis is a serious complication of septicemia, also known as bacteremia or blood poisoning. Septicemia occurs when a... Read More »

06
May
2016
Outbreaks
by Water Quality & Health Council

Lifecycle of the Zika-transmitting Mosquito

Mosquito borne illnesses have played a significant role the course of human history and continue to have repercussions on human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls the mosquito the “greatest menace” of all disease-transmitting insects, responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases every year.  Malaria alone, transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes,... Read More »

29
Apr
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, Fred Reiff, PE, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Elizabethkingia anophelis Outbreak in Wisconsin: A Mystery for CDC Disease Detectives

What causes a bacterium that is ubiquitous in soil, rivers, water reservoirs and the guts of mosquitoes to suddenly cause an outbreak of human infection? The bacterium is Elizabethkingia anophelis1, and the outbreak is affecting at least 12 Wisconsin counties. The common source of the outbreak remains a mystery at this time. According to the World... Read More »

22
Apr
2016
Outbreaks
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, and Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Aedes Mosquitoes: A Force in Human History

At the center of the current Zika virus epidemic is the humble insect vector, the Aedes mosquito, both aegypti and albopictus species.  The female Aedes 1acquires and transmits the virus by simply doing what she does—extracting blood from people, birds and other animals to obtain proteins needed to develop her eggs.  To many of us,... Read More »