Tagged: ebola

Improving New Zealand’s preparations for the next pandemic - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 01, 2017

By Dr Julia Scott, Prof Nick Wilson, Prof Michael Baker.  In a globalised world an infectious disease outbreak anywhere is a potential threat to New Zealand. Recent such threats have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pandemic influenza (2009), Ebola and Zika. In the context of an upcoming University of Otago, Wellington Public Health Summer School symposium on … Read More

Book review: The chimp and the river - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 14, 2016

What do dengue fever, yellow fever, bubonic plague, bovine tuberculosis and West Nile fever have in common? Add to them swine flu, bird flu, SARS, HIV and Ebola and perhaps it becomes more obvious: all are zoonotic diseases – those that have crossed from animals into humans, often with devastating consequences. In 2012, science writer David Quammen tackled the subject … Read More

World hunger: what the Ebola virus can teach us about saving crops - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 19, 2016

Laura Boykin, University of Western Australia; Joseph Ndunguru, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute; Monica Kehoe, Department of Agriculture and Food – Western Australia, and Peter Sseruwagi, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute When the deadly Ebola virus struck West Africa last year, one thing that became clear was that the region lacked access to … Read More

Question it! Science in Queenstown - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 27, 2015

From the 29th of August to the 4th of September, over 1,000 scientists will be descending on Queenstown for the annual Queenstown Research Week. And this year the public are invited! In addition to the conferences the scientists will be attending comes a fantastic array of events for the public. Hands on science Otago University’s chemistry, physics, geology, microbiology, food … Read More

Monday Micro: Ebola update and NZ preparedness - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2014

With Ebola now moving into Mali, I thought it was time for a quick update and some links. According to the CDC and WHO, as of the 16th November 2014 there have been an estimated 15145 cases, including 5420 deaths. Since the end of October there have been 6 cases in neighbouring Mali; all cases have died. American … Read More

Is Starbucks the USA’s “ground zero” for Ebola? Um, no. - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 24, 2014

With the abundance of very serious news stories about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, time for a little light relief in the form of “Dr”* James David Manning. “Dr” Manning is pastor of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in New York. He also presents ‘The Manning Report’ on YouTube which bills itself as “the news behind … Read More

Supporting homeopathy for Ebola loses natural health brief but more needed - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 04, 2014

In a step in the right direction for evidence-based policy, Green Party member of parliament Steffan Browning has been stripped of his natural health portfolio by his party’s caucus but more is needed. As I related in my previous piece, his is not a idle blunder but an example of his thinking. This line of … Read More