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Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

Oct 31, 2018 | Megan Kasprzak

As we wrap up the “Hurricane Florence Aftermath” blog series, there are still thousands of individuals that are stranded in shelters and unable to live in their now-damaged homes. The effects of the deadly storm will linger long after the flood waters have resided, and for our third and final article, we address one of […]

CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

Oct 22, 2018 | Cameron Burnsed

Last week’s salmonella outbreak affected 29 states and sickened 92 people, resulting in 21 hospitalizations (no deaths have been reported). These cases mark the 16th salmonella outbreak in 2018,  which is twice as many as 2015 or 2016. The current outbreak is courtesy of a strain called Salmonella Infantis and, according to the CDC, appears to […]

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

Oct 17, 2018 | Megan Kasprzak

In the first article of our three-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we explored the potential effects that hog waste overflow could have on public health and water contamination. In the second part of our series, we are diving into a new flood-related public health threat – mosquitoes. In North Carolina alone, Florence […]

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part I – Hog Waste and Water Contamination

Oct 03, 2018 | Megan Kasprzak

In a merciless path of destruction, Hurricane Florence killed 49, trapped hundreds, and made parts of North and South Carolina impassable with historic flooding. Numbers are still being tallied, but the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has estimated that 5,214 people and almost 600 animals were rescued from flooded areas. In addition to the usual challenges […]

Puerto Rico Increases Death Toll to 50 times the Originally Reported Number

Aug 29, 2018 | Megan Kasprzak

As the nation’s attention turns towards peak hurricane season this year, Puerto Rico and its residents have only just begun to recover from the 2017 hurricane season. In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore merciless paths of destruction through the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm that boasted wind speeds that reached up […]