Detecting Scary Diseases

By | February 25th, 2014|Prevention|

Disease outbreaks can come from anywhere. In Arizona we’ve had illness from contaminated pomegranate seeds from the Middle East, measles from Switzerland, salmonellosis from African dwarf frogs and cholera from Peru. More recently a Canadian traveler died of H5N1 after she returned home from a long trip to China. An exotic disease from another country is only [...]

Who is Bob Koch?

By | June 7th, 2011|General|

Robert Koch was a German physician that’s considered one of the primary founders of microbiology- setting the foundation for loads of public health interventions that have drastically improved our quality of life.  He was the first scientist to verify the Germ Theory of Disease (in 1876) by showing that anthrax is caused by a bacteria [...]

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Who is John Snow?

By | May 25th, 2011|General, Prevention|

He’s a guy that’s often thought of as the founder of modern day epidemiology because of his work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in England in the mid 1800s.  At the time, scientists and the public believed that diseases like cholera were spread by “miasma”- basically that diseases like cholera were spread [...]

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Cholera in Haiti

By | December 4th, 2010|General|

There’s a big outbreak of cholera in Haiti, and health officials are working with international agencies to control the outbreak.  Cholera causes severe watery diarrhea and can spread easily from person to person through contaminated food and water.  The diarrhea caused by cholera results in loss of body fluids, which can cause severe dehydration and, [...]

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