The Ebola Outbreak Proves the Need for Health Surveillance

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by Raywat Deonandan

This article was first published in The Huffington Post Canada on Oct 9, 2014.

 

As we all know, here has been one confirmed case of Ebola infection diagnosed in the USA — Eric Duncan made the news after returning from Liberia and showing those symptoms no one wants. Tragically, Mr. Duncan passed away on Wednesday. Contact tracing indicates that there are an additional 10 persons at “high risk.” (In the interest of discouraging any unwarranted panic, do please remember that the virus can only be transmitted via intimate contact with body fluids — blood, saliva, semen, sweat, etc. — only after the patient starts showing symptoms, and not during the incubation period.) Continue reading

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The World Needed the Return of ‘Cosmos’

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by Raywat Deonandan

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post Canada on May 17, 2014.

This past week, the much lauded TV show Cosmos made its return to the small screen, more than three decades after Carl Sagan famously sought to teach people from all walks of life about the wonders of science. The world has changed since that first series, and the nature of public education with it. Yet the need for such a TV show committed to the celebration of knowledge and learning is perhaps greater than in Sagan’s day. Continue reading

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