A series of crucial setbacks in Covid-19 testing has made it difficult to keep up with the virus’ rapid spread, and has inspired some researchers to look to wastewater to help fill in the gap of measuring how prevalent SARS-CoV-2 is in a given community.
WBE initially gained attention in Europe for tracking illicit drug use, and continues to be advanced and refined for a variety of uses by an international consortium of scientists. In the U.S., however, it has not been embraced at any level of government.
The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has represented the epitome of shoe-leather epidemiology for almost 60 years, with EIS epidemiologists investigating outbreaks and battling disease in the U.S. and overseas during their long and storied history. Mark Pendergrast thoroughly explores this history in his book, Inside the Outbreaks.
Social media — Facebook, Google, Twitter, location-based services like Foursquare and more — are changing the way epidemiologists discover and track the spread of disease.
Epidemiology is a relatively new field. While John Snow made his breakthrough in the 1850s, even as recently as World War 2, there was no central epidemiology agency. However, with the start of the Korean War, the threat of biological warfare loomed. As a result, the government recognized the need for an organization who would track and monitor disease outbreaks.
Enter Alexander Langmuir.
To provide news about the latest developments in epidemiology and information about resources epidemiologists can use to advance their careers.
INCLEN is a unique global network of clinical epidemiologists, bio-statisticians, health social scientists, health economists and other professionals affiliated to key academic institutions
In short – Epidemiologists study who is getting sick, what is making them sick, and how sick they are getting. You can replace “sick” with any health outcome there, and there’s an epidemiologist looking at it. We do other stuff too, but that’s a story for another day.
The Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) serves as an essential instrument for the rapid and accurate dissemination of epidemiological information on cases and outbreaks of diseases under the International Health Regulations and on other communicable diseases of public health importance, including emerging or re-emerging infections.
Each epidemic has its own little shop of horrors that you have to sort out - Peter Hotez MD
MIE Resources provides consulting services in epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and communications
After all it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic - Margaret Chan
Public health experts have their hands full when it comes to dealing with issues like vaccinations, pollution, climate change, health reform and organ donation...never mind crisis like disasters, food or product recalls, epidemics and even nuclear fallout.