As just another example of the unintended consequences of the downturn in the housing market, researchers in California are attributing the >200% increase in lab confirmed West Nile cases to neglected and abandoned pools and hot tubs (abstract). In 2007, Kern county, CA suffered the largest mosquito-born encephalitis virus outbreak since the 1950’s, which paralleled the increase in number of forclosed and abandoned homes (with associated pools and hot tubs). This interesting and unfortunate phenomenon reminds us that any standing water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquito-borne illnesses. Click here to see the 2008 West Nile CDC map (map) and keep your fingers crossed for the 2009 forecast.
by Deepak Asudani, MD, MPH, FHM Whether it is the prompt and expeditious international collaboration to develop an Ebola vaccine, or tardy but promising development of the first anti parasitic malarial vaccine or the fascinating technology utilizing synthetic DNA for vaccine development against MERS, these developments promise to highlight significant strides in vaccine development for […]
Economists describe preferences in two ways: revealed and stated. Say, for example, I asked you to implement a penalty program for your team with the goal of decreasing the number of occasions members did not clean their hands after a patient encounter. Because you know bad hands equal bad outcomes, you’re apt to offer up […]
by Eric Howell, MD, SFHM “Tell me what you know about antibiotics.” That’s the discussion I start with hospitalized patients all the time, right after they ask me to prescribe antibiotics for their simple cough, or other viral-like illness. And, from their perspective, asking for antibiotics makes sense. After all, antibiotics have been the physician’s […]