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October 22, 2018 A Century After 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Survey Says We Have Work To Do

Source: Forbes

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating 1918 flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people and infected a third of the world's population. Epidemiologists say that if a similar pandemic struck today, the death...

September 5, 2018 COMMENTARY: Why historians ignored the Spanish flu

Source: Medical Express

To mark the centenary of the pandemic this autumn, the BBC has commissioned Spanish Flu: In their own words, a major television docudrama on the pandemic, while 2018 has already seen the publication of several new titles...

June 7, 2018 Expert: Opioids Are ‘The Defining Epidemic Of The 21st Century’

Source: Huff Post

In the interview below, conducted with Opioid Watch late last month, DuPont explains why he believes today’s opioid crisis — “the defining epidemic of the 21st Century” — needs a “new narrative.”

February 21, 2018 Tame the Flu

Source: US News

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE Control have announced that there are signs the flu epidemic may be peaking. But a sharp increase in the number of children’s flu deaths – and thousands of deaths due to flu each week – should remind us of...

February 5, 2018 Commentary: Be afraid

Source: Press Herald

...much more money must go into the development of a so-called universal flu vaccine – one that would protect against any of flu’s many strains, including any new versions of the virus that might jump from animals to humans, as...

March 6, 2017 The raging bird flu in China is a good reminder the US isn't prepared for a pandemic

Source: VOX

A strain of deadly bird flu that has a high risk of becoming a pandemic is surging in China, and experts are warning that the US isn’t making the necessary preparations.

August 18, 2016 Zika: What States Can Expect in the Coming Months

Source: Live Science

Despite the half-dozen people who have caught the Zika virus from mosquitoes in Florida, experts say that it's unlikely Zika will begin to spread locally in many other places in the U.S.

April 8, 2016 Poll: Some key gaps in Americans’ knowledge about Zika virus

Source: Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Americans don’t know a lot about the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects and creeping steadily closer to the U.S., according to a new poll that found about 4 in 10 say they’ve heard little to nothing about the...

February 26, 2016 Zika and Ebola: A taste of things to come?

Source: BBC

Yet, in both cases there is something novel, either in the way the virus has spread or in how it affected people which has made the outbreaks more of a threat.

December 17, 2015 The Geopolitics of Disease

Source: Stratfor

Every new outbreak has the potential to create significant geopolitical consequences, whether they be regional or global. Not only can the spread of disease lead to extensive loss of life, but it can also disrupt trade and...

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