The average number of individuals directly infected by one infectious case during the entire infectious period of a specific disease is defined as the basic reproductive rate. Infectious diseases have individual characteristics, such as the route of transmission and the number of organisms needed to cause infection, which make this calculation different for each disease. … More Disease and Discrimination
While I base myself in Cambodia on leave-at-half-pay, unsure what exactly 2015 will bring as I “stress” about how to spend my year off work, three of my colleagues from Australia’s Northern Territory are in Sierra Leone, working in an Ebola Treatment Centre. The standard duration of Ebola missions is six weeks. Considered to be … More My Nurses Are Already Dead
A brief but touching story about Ebola, referred by an Australian friend currently in Sierra Leone.
After my first “Ebola friend” spent six weeks in Liberia back in August, she returned to Texas at almost exactlly the same time as Thomas Duncan, the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed on United States soil. My friend stayed at home and away from people for the 21 day incubation period, as a precaution … More Merry Christmas, Ebola
Back in familiar surroundings, my days are going to be less blog-worthy for a while, but I’ll write when something of interest happens. Yesterday was blog-worthy so here I am! As a well resourced country Australia has the facility to respond in an influential way to emergencies of international importance. A current example is the … More Africa, Asia and Australia in a Day
These are a shortened alteration of words written by Martin Luther King Jr, the famous American Civil Rights leader. They are words that have always struck a chord with me. In quoting them here, I researched where they came from and it’s an interesting story. In Birmingham Alabama in April 1963, during demonstrations against racial segregation, … More Injustice Anywhere Threatens Justice Everywhere