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Slipping Through the Cracks: The Danger of Losing Sight of Non-COVID-19 Diseases
Jul 13, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

Over the last year and a half, an incredible amount of resources have been devoted to containing the spread of COVID-19 by monitoring emerging...

The COVID-19 Delta variant: What is it and why should we worry?
Jun 24, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

In December 2020, the B.1.617.2 variant, also known as the COVID-19 Delta variant, was first documented in India (1). Originally referred to as the “...

The New Avian Influenza: A Case of Zoonosis
Jun 4, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

H10N3 in China On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Beijing’s National Health Commission announced a confirmed case of the H10N3 avian influenza in a 41-year-...

Mosquitoes: The Problem and Solution
May 25, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

Beyond the pestilence of itchy bites, mosquitos play a critical role in the ecosystem at the bottom of the food chain, and their lesser known role as...

The COVID-19 Crisis in India
May 11, 2021 | Jessica Wise

Through 2020 and the first few months of 2021, India experienced a relatively low COVID-19 caseload. However, on April 30th, India broke the world...

The U.S. Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Six Cases of Rare Blood-Clotting Disorder
May 5, 2021 | Jessica Wise

Over seven million Americans have already received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, with another ten million doses currently...

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy and Safety
Mar 22, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

One year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic [1], several COVID-19 vaccines were...

New Ebola Outbreak and COVID-19 in West Africa
Mar 12, 2021 | Sarah Wade

On top of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Africa is experiencing another, newly declared deadly viral outbreak of Ebola. On February 11, 2021, two people...

IDHA Launches New Respiratory Health Study on Google Health Studies App
Mar 8, 2021 | Marinanicole Miller

In December 2020, the Innovative & Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s Hospital launched a new health study in collaboration with...

COVID-19 and the Rise of Alcohol Use Among College Students
Feb 24, 2021 | Sarah Wade

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many universities to reassess their way of teaching students this past fall. The new academia consisted primarily of...

The Epidemic within the Pandemic
Jan 27, 2021 | Autumn Gertz

While life before COVID-19 may serve as many people’s standard of normalcy, for millions of Americans struggling with substance use disorders (SUD),...

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Jan 4, 2021 | Jessica Wise

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease similar to COVID-19: both respiratory illnesses are spread from person-to-person via droplet transmission...

The Future of Telehealth after the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dec 23, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

With more than sixteen million cases and over three hundred thousand deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, the advancements of telehealth...

The 2020-2021 Influenza Season and COVID-19
Oct 27, 2020 | Davina Kang

The world may be focused on COVID-19, but health officials and countries are looking ahead to the current 2020-2021 influenza season in order to...

COVID-19 Cases Rise Across the U.S. as Universities Resume Play
Sep 23, 2020 | Sarah Wade

On September 10th, 2020, sources from Boston news channels reported several positive COVID-19 tests. These results came from Boston College Men and...

Poliovirus found in sewage near vaccine manufacturing facility in the Netherlands
Sep 4, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On September 2nd Danish news outlets reported on health ministry inspectors investigating the source of Poliovirus detected in sewage near a...

Zoonotic Disease on Mink Farms
Aug 24, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

After reporting alarmingly high mortality rates among minks, five live mink from two different Utah mink farms have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2...

Dengue Outbreak in the Florida Keys
Jul 16, 2020 | Davina Kang

On July 11, 2020, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County (DOH-Monroe) received conformation on a laboratory confirmed case of dengue fever...

EpiCore RFIs: Trichinosis in Santa Fe Province of Argentina
Jun 26, 2020 | Rachael Matty

On June 12, 2020, Healthmap was alerted to a local newspaper article that announced a potential outbreak of Trichinosis in Nelson, Argentina. The...

Pediatric Vaccination during COVID-19
Jun 9, 2020 | Davina Kang

In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a known outbreak of an undiagnosed pneumonia-like illness, later identified to be...

New Ebola Outbreak in Northwest Democratic Republic of Congo
Jun 8, 2020 | Kyle Martin

Current Situation             There is a new outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the western Equateur province of  the Democratic Republic...

COVID-19 Vaccine Development
May 20, 2020 | Rachael Matty

Amid the chaos, grief, and sadness during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic, there is hope for a possible vaccine against severe acute...

Measles Outbreak in the Pacific Islands
Apr 27, 2020 | Rachael Matty

Several months before the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic began, schools across the Pacific Islands had closed and large social gatherings...

First Acute Rubella Case in Ireland in Over a Decade
Mar 3, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On February 21, the initial report of an acute Rubella case in Ireland was released [1]. This is the first reported case of acute Rubella in Ireland...

Avian Flu Outbreak among Poultry in China
Feb 19, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

Among focus on the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak originating in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province China, the neighboring province of Hunan...

Provincial Outbreak of Syphilis in Nova Scotia
Feb 4, 2020 | Autumn Gertz

On Monday, January 20th, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) declared a province-wide outbreak of syphilis in Nova Scotia, Canada [1,2]. Syphilis...

Innovative disease surveillance platforms detected early warning signs for novel coronavirus outbreak (nCoV-2019)
Jan 31, 2020 | Kara Sewalk

On 5 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a cluster of pneumonia cases  of unknown etiology in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of...

World Health Organization: COVID-19 Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Jan 30, 2020 | Lauren Goodwin

  Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its third emergency session to determine if the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) originating...

Update of Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Jan 28, 2020 | Jiayan Liu

On 31 December 2019, World Health Organization (WHO) China Country Office was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected...

HIV Vaccine: Could this be the end of AIDS?
Jan 28, 2020 | Kyle Martin

The international fight against HIV/AIDS is set to make large advancements in the coming years thanks to the promising outlook of three developing...

Yellow Fever Outbreak in Nigeria
Jan 16, 2020 | Jiayan Liu

Nigeria has been battling successive yellow fever outbreaks since September 2017. The ongoing outbreak has reached nearly a three-fold increase in a...

Viral Pneumonia Infects Almost 60 in Central China
Jan 7, 2020 | Alyssa Loskill

In mid to late December, several employees of the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China fell ill with pneumonia-like illness [1]. The WHO China...

Novel Tickborne Disease Spreads Across the World
Dec 16, 2019 | Alyssa Loskill

An emerging parasitic disease has been identified in the United Kingdom for the first time. Babesia venatorum has historically been reported in...

Locally-Acquired Zika in France
Dec 12, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

Current Situation On October 22, 2019, a second case of locally-acquired Zika virus was reported in the southeastern French town Hyères [1]. The...

Concerns about Vaccine-Derived Polio
Dec 6, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

The World Health Organization (WHO) identified nine new polio cases caused by the polio vaccine in Nigeria, Congo, Central African Republic and...

Plague Cases in China
Dec 3, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

On November 18, three cases of the plague, two pneumonic and one bubonic, were confirmed in China [1,2,3,4]. The first two cases, reported on...

Is this the end of the mosquito?
Dec 2, 2019 | Kyle Martin

Background             What is considered to be the world’s deadliest animal? Is it snakes, or sharks, or even humans?  Not even close. According to...

Update of African Swine Fever in Asia
Nov 21, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

The Spread of African Swine Fever in Asia    The outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) is ongoing in Asia, especially in Cambodia, China, North Korea...

Hepatitis A Outbreak in New Jersey
Nov 14, 2019 | Jiayan Liu

Situation in New Jersey: The New Jersey Department of Health reported on November 4th that a deli worker at the ShopRite in Somerville, New Jersey...

Ebola: New Developments
Nov 13, 2019 | Autumn Gertz

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began in 2018 and has affected over 3,000 lives. As of November 12, there...