The sudden and unexpected Ebola outbreaks in a region entirely unprepared to respond is a challenge for international public health agencies. The people of West Africa have seen their share of misery in the last forty years. Corruption and civil wars have combined to impoverish millions.
A graphic describing the benefits, lives saved and low costs of the measles vaccine.
The key to how quickly chikungunya reaches the continental US is Puerto Rico. In Florida, one of the top areas for imported dengue cases is PR. The road to the US passes through Puerto Rico for chikungunya. My best guess is that we will see locally acquired cases in the Commonwealth by May, and imported cases in Florida by August.
The discovery, in early December of 2012, that chikungunya was causing illnesses on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Martin came as little surprise to public health authorities. The nations of the Western Hemisphere have been expecting the mosquito-borne virus to make the leap to the Americas for several years. The only questions were when, and where.
NYS set up its own website and health insurance exchange. I was able to log in on Oct. 7 and submit an application. Since then, despite tweaks in the data on my part, the site continually tells me that the data it has from other sources does not match my data and I am not eligible to proceed to plan selection until I fix it.