Ebola remains at the forefront of public safety concerns, but there are a number of illnesses that pose a far greater health risk. Hari Sreenivasan speaks to Dr. William Schaffner, the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University on the six other diseases that threaten the public. Continue reading
If you live in the U.S. and aren’t traveling to West Africa, you’re not likely to catch Ebola. But these six diseases should worry you — especially if you’re a parent with small children. Continue reading
This year’s measles outbreak in the U.S. is the largest in 20 years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. A total of 228 confirmed cases have been reported to the CDC in the country between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014.
On March 7, the New York City Department of Health issued a warning about an outbreak of measles in northern Manhattan and the Bronx and urged all New Yorkers to make sure they are vaccinated against measles. Canadian officials joined the call for vaccination on March 14, after five new measles cases were confirmed in British Columbia. Continue reading
Recent outbreaks of measles on both the East and West Coasts highlight a larger story about how infectious diseases that had all but disappeared in the U.S. are now reappearing. Why are some of these diseases showing back up? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, about the reasons for these outbreaks. Continue reading
This week, the British medical journal the Lancet formally retracted a 1998 study that helped set off the debate over the safety of vaccines and whether they may be connected to later diagnoses of autism in children. Continue reading
An increasing fear of alleged dangers from child vaccinations, including autism and allergies, has led to an upsurge in the reported cases of measles this year. Betty Ann Bowser examines why some parents are opting against routine vaccinations for their children. Continue reading