Category Public Health

Post 126 – Ebola Outbreak – a BSL 4 agent! Evacuation of Americans back to United States

I thought about writing this post last week, but it has captured nationwide headlines this week, often leading national and radio news. A prior post focused on Biosafety Level 4 laboratories that do research on untreatable, deadly agents such as Ebola.  As I speak, a long-range Gulfstream jet with a specialized isolation unit is evacuating […]

Post 125 – Ask Prof: oral contraceptives (the pill)

Student asked me: how does the pill work? (a male student, no less) So I gave him the basics on what is in the pill and the feedback to the brain to eliminate the LH surge that causes the egg to be released at ovulation. So let’s go through the basics and the rest of […]

Post 123 – Smallpox, Anthrax and Influenza in the news (BioLevel labs at the CDC)

My BSL4 Post is probably the most popular one I have, and CDC’s BioLevel 2-3-4 laboratories have been making enough news this week to last a couple of more blog posts. Tuesday, July 8 – Reports surface of 6 vials of smallpox virus from 1954 that were found in a cold storage room used by the FDA on […]

Post 120 – Whooping Cough an Epidemic in California

Saw an article in the Orange County Register saying the State of California has declared whooping cough, known as pertussis, an epidemic from Wikipediain the state. The article states, “As of last week, 3,458 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported to the state Department of Public Health in 2014, more than the total for […]

Post 117 – MERS Reaches the United States

About a year ago, I wrote about a new virus that was spreading across the Middle East.  In the past two weeks, news came of incidences of MERS-CoV in the States, now shortened to “MERS.”  Both were health care workers based in the United States and traveled to the Mid-East to provide services. First person […]

Post 110 – Measles Outbreak in the OC

I got one of those health alert emails from one of the schools I teach at informing me of a measles outbreak!   What is Measles? Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with […]

Post 101 – What Happens in An Autopsy?

Apologies for being late – I’ve been very busy! Plus had computer issues 😦 Hopefully this is worth the wait! Many of you have heard of the sudden tragic death of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas. Paul was an actor known for the “Fast and Furious” film series.  The autopsy report was […]