But first let’s go back and revisit last years 2012–13 influenza season. In the United States, influenza activity increased through November and December before peaking in late December. Influenza A (H3N2) viruses predominated overall, but influenza B viruses and, to a lesser extent, influenza A H1N1 (2009 pandemic virus) viruses also were reported in the United States. This influenza season was moderately severe, with a higher percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), higher [...]
Today I am doing the keynote speech at the third annual Alcont Conference in Bogota Colombia at the Hotel Royalpark Metrotel. I am discussing Leadership In Times of Crisis. If you are in the neighborhood, come by!
I have been following MERS-CoV since it first surfaced in September 2012. This past week there has been quite a bit of news about the outbreak and why we should all be paying attention. To underscore its importance, Friday the CDC released its weekly MMWR report solely focused on MERS-CoV and also a new set of updated Healthcare Guidelines. Since it began, all eyes have been focused on Saudi Arabia, which appears to be ground [...]
Current Status Today the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that five more people have been infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). In a one sentence release on their website, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) stated, “Within the framework of the epidemiological surveillance of the novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that five novel Coronavirus cases have been recorded among citizens in the Eastern Region, ranging [...]