WiRED International Prepares Module on Chikungunya Virus
Ever heard of the Chikungunya virus? Most people haven't, yet more than a million people in the Western Hemisphere have caught it. This past summer the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first U.S. case of Chikungunya in Florida.
Cited recently by the Huffington Post and Time magazine,
Chikungunya is suddenly on the media’s radar. Already WiRED International’s goal to respond to disease outbreak has spurred the creation of a rapid response health education module on Chikungunya—to be released in late January. Read more »
Erin Burgoon Joins the WiRED International Advisory Board
WiRED International is pleased to name Erin Burgoon, Ph.D., as our newest Advisory Board member. Dr. Burgoon lives in San Francisco and works there as a quantitative user experience researcher for a major social media company. She has dedicated herself to applying the rigor of experimental social science to user experience research.
Dr. Burgoon received her B.A. in psychology at the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published articles in various psychological journals, such as Social Psychological and Personality Science, and has presented and lectured at numerous conferences and workshops.
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CDC Warns 2015 Flu Season Could Be Severe
Influenza (the flu) causes around 40,000 deaths a year, not to mention suffering from illness and loss of work.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts a harsh influenza season ahead. From The New York Times to National Public Radio, the media are buzzing about the 2015 flu—a tough strain that this year's flu vaccine doesn’t match. The vaccine does, however, prevent other strains of the flu, so getting vaccinated still provides a significant level of protection. Read more »
New Year’s Update on Ebola from WiRED International
The New York Times reported on December 29 that, in 2014, Ebola abated a bit in West Africa, then came roaring back. This pattern was different from the way the virus acted in other parts of Africa (where it was contained and went underground), so the pattern in West Africa took experts by surprise. To date, 20,000 people have suffered from Ebola, more than 7,800 have died, and the epidemic continues to rage, particularly in Sierra Leone.
WiRED International recognized the Ebola problem in West Africa early last spring and created its initial Ebola training module for general audiences. Since then, we have created three additional modules and a related module on hand washing—an important practice in Ebola prevention. Read more »
||Recipient of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health 2009
Organizational Public Health Hero Award. Read more >
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