Zika: What History Can Tell Us About the Current Epidemic

Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Source: Wikimedia Commons BY ELI RAMI ZIKV, more commonly known as the Zika virus, has quickly evolved from a little-researched virus into a global public health threat. Virologists first discovered the pathogen during the late 1940s in a species of monkey that inhabits Uganda’s Zika forest. … Continue reading Zika: What History Can Tell Us About the Current Epidemic

Photo Feature – Brazil

Risk of Zika for Brazil's Indigenous BY HARLAND DAHL Although most cases remain concentrated in northeastern and southeastern Brazil, the distribution of the Zika virus continues to grow throughout the country. As of February, Brazil was one of thirty countries in the Americas facing a Zika threat. Since the outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil, … Continue reading Photo Feature – Brazil

Addressing Urban Violence: The “Cure Violence” Public Health Approach

The Chicago Skyline from the 96 th floor of the John Hancock Building. Source: Wikimedia Commons BY SOPHIA KECSKES This July, in response to the tragic killing of a seven-year-old boy in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “adults here are letting the children down—from failures of the criminal justice system to the immoral nature of … Continue reading Addressing Urban Violence: The “Cure Violence” Public Health Approach

Saying Goodbye to China’s One Child Policy and Aging Population

BY VICTORIA LOO Over the past decade, the demographic of the world population has always been unbalanced with young children outnumbering elderly people. However, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years of age is rapidly growing, and between 2015 and 2050 it will reach a new high of nearly 714 million of the … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to China’s One Child Policy and Aging Population

Photo Feature – Burma

BY KIRA TEBBE The leaders of my gap year program had heard about a nearby refugee camp. There were Burmese citizens who had fled to the border of Burma and China, where crossing the river would bring them into China. We timed our visit with a global health organization, who was there for regular vaccinations. … Continue reading Photo Feature – Burma

An Evolutionary Perspective on Ebola and Marburg Viruses

BY RACHEL ARNESEN “Ebola in the air? A nightmare that could happen.” “Ebola: World Goes on Red Alert.” “Ebola: ‘The ISIS of Biological Agents.’” These headlines, taken from real CNN and BBC articles, capture all too well the fear mongering that occurred during the most recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. From 1996 to … Continue reading An Evolutionary Perspective on Ebola and Marburg Viruses