Disease outbreak guarantees: A proposal to build public health capacity in developing nations (rerun)

While The Pump Handle is on holiday break, we are republishing some of our favorite posts from the past year. This one is from July 2016: In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted a revised version of its International Health Regulations, a legally binding treaty among 196 nations to boost global health security and strengthen the world’s capacity to confront serious disease threats such as Ebola and SARS. A decade later, just one-third of countries have the ability to respond to a public health emergency. That’s why Rebecca Katz thinks it’s time to get creative.

By | 2016-12-28T11:40:04+00:00 December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Disease outbreak guarantees: A proposal to build public health capacity in developing nations

In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted a revised version of its International Health Regulations, a legally binding treaty among 196 nations to boost global health security and strengthen the world’s capacity to confront serious disease threats such as Ebola and SARS. A decade later, just one-third of countries have the ability to respond to a public health emergency. That’s why Rebecca Katz thinks it’s time to get creative.

By | 2016-07-08T15:26:15+00:00 July 8th, 2016|0 Comments

With mosquito season around the corner, Congress drags its feet on Zika funding

With near constant news on the threat of Zika virus and a quickly growing evidence base detailing the virus’ devastating impact on fetal brain development, you’d think Congress could get its act together to make sure our public health system is fully prepared and equipped to confront the mosquito-borne disease. Sadly, you’d be wrong.

By | 2016-05-12T22:31:50+00:00 May 12th, 2016|8 Comments

Researchers use Ebola to study the news media’s role as a vector of fear

Analyzing online searches and social media activity has often been suggested as a way to track and maybe even predict the spread of diseases. And it’s a great idea — if it’s done right, it could offer public health workers real-time surveillance and a jumpstart at containing dangerous outbreaks. But there’s a hitch. How can we attempt to decipher between online activity triggered by the possibility of actual disease symptoms and online activity triggered by simple curiosity?

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:36+00:00 June 25th, 2015|2 Comments

Public health labs and the Ebola response: ‘This is the type of work they do day in and day out’

Months before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in Texas, the state’s public health laboratory had begun preparing for the disease to reach U.S. shores. And while the virus itself is an uncommon threat in this country, the response of the nation’s public health laboratory system wasn’t uncommon at all — in fact, protecting people’s health from such grave threats is exactly what public health laboratorians are trained to do.

By | 2018-01-14T17:36:01+00:00 November 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

New report chronicles the low wages of child care workers; Johns Hopkins black lung review still unfinished; California nurses go on strike; and OSHA calls on retailers to protect their workers during Black Friday.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:54+00:00 November 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Article series investigates lead poisoning at the nation's gun ranges; autopsy shows coal miner was wrongly denied black lung benefits; health care workers take part in mass protective gear training; and a Wells Fargo employee sends a big email about income inequality.

By | 2018-01-16T10:00:53+00:00 October 21st, 2014|1 Comment