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Outbreaks in Migrant Detention Facilities

Outbreaks in Migrant Detention Facilities

Over the last 8 months, 6 children have died while in US custody or soon after being released. The deaths were linked to infectious diseases. This week, we will discuss what is known about infectious disease outbreaks in migrant detention facilities in the US and the factors that may be contributing to the spread of infectious diseases in these and similar settings.


Danger Zone II

Danger Zone II

This week’s post is a white-knuckle, blockbuster thrill ride full of helpful tips to keep your 4th of July party snacks out of the Danger Zone and help you and your friends and family have a safe and enjoyable summer! You may have bought a ticket for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge of it!!!!

The Growing Threat of Coccidioides

The Growing Threat of Coccidioides

In California and Arizona (USA), a little-known fungal disease, coccidioidomycosis, is increasingly affecting local communities and vulnerable populations. In this week’s Outbreak Thursday, we will take a closer look at this emerging infection and efforts to better understand this disease and its health impacts.

US House Subcommittee Discusses "Eradicating Ebola"

US House Subcommittee Discusses "Eradicating Ebola"

On June 4th, the United States House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Eradicating Ebola: Lessons Learned and Medical Advancements.” In this post, we will explore the hearing discussions as well as the complicated subtext around the usage of the term “eradicating Ebola” in the hearing title.


This Week in Quarantine

This Week in Quarantine

Several instances of quarantine populated the news this week. Quarantine is a long-standing staple of public health, but it is often misunderstood and misused. We take a brief look at quarantine in the context of outbreak response and use these recent examples to illustrate some of the situations in which it can be an effective response tool.

The Challenge of Controlling Measles in Insular Religious Groups

The Challenge of Controlling Measles in Insular Religious Groups

As nationwide measles incidence continues its rapid climb toward the highest yearly total since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, public health officials are struggling to effectively engage with insular communities—in this case, Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities—where vaccine-preventable diseases like measles can gain a foothold as a result of low vaccination coverage.

Measles in the Pacific Northwest (US)

Measles in the Pacific Northwest (US)

A measles outbreak centered in Clark County, Oregon has already resulted in cases in two other states, including Hawai’i. This outbreak illustrates the risks posed by pockets of low vaccination coverage and the intense effort required to complete contact tracing for such a highly transmissible infection.

The Resurgence of Chickenpox

The Resurgence of Chickenpox

In addition to high-profile measles outbreaks, other vaccine-preventable diseases, including chickenpox, are making a comeback. An ongoing outbreak in North Carolina highlights the risks posed by low vaccination coverage in children.

Salmonella: This Thanksgiving's Unwelcome Guest

Salmonella: This Thanksgiving's Unwelcome Guest

This week’s #OutbreakThursday post takes a closer look at a US-based salmonella outbreak linked to turkey. It explores the outbreak’s ongoing investigation and the overall burden of foodborne disease.