Category Archives: Globalization and infectious disease

Ebola: No Surprise

Media sources, politicians, and others have treated the current Ebola outbreak in several countries in West Africa as a complete surprise, and therefore, as an unpredictable threat. This “surprise” was not surprising at all. “Unprecedented is a moniker that I … Continue reading

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Jim Kim and his nomination to president, World Bank

Last week, Jim Kim (Jim Yong Kim) was nominated by Pres. Obama to serve as President, World Bank. This is a brilliant nomination. Before his Macarthur fellowship (incorrectly known as the “genius fellowship”), he was a Kellogg National Fellow, and … Continue reading

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“Contagion”-movie with Matt Damon et al

We saw “Contagion” last night–as an official function of my position with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (see astmh.org—and note that students can join and receive a top infectious disease journal for $5.00 per year). The film … Continue reading

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Contagion; malaria vaccine

I am eagerly awaiting “Contagion”, starring Matt Damon, among others. It had two excellent science consultants–my high school classmate Dr. Ian Lipkin, who directs a center at Columbia (Mailman School of Public Health) and is a virologist and neurologist by … Continue reading

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“Factors of Emergence” for Emerging Infections: Mostly Social

The other day after giving a lecture on emerging infectious diseases, I was thinking (again) about how the causes of disease emergence are mostly social. Actually, a former student, who is a retired biochemistry professor, suggested that I use the … Continue reading

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Cholera in New York City

Cholera in New York City Pro-MED reported today that a case of cholera has been diagnosed in New York City. This is not a major public health threat in itself, but it represents the first appearance of this severe infection … Continue reading

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