Measles outbreak shows consequences of vaccination myths – Commercial Appeal

Last week, Stephanie Morris, a nurse in the intensive care unit, stopped me. In the hospital, Stephanie cares for the sickest of sick patients, but at home she cares for her two children, ages 8 months and 2 years. And with the outbreak of measles, she is concerned about the younger, who has not yet […]

Knowledge is weapon in fight against silent killers – Commercial Appeal

The first question my friends asked last week after we watched the new movie “Contagion” was: “Can this really happen?” I should know. I am an infectious disease doctor. “Not only can this happen, but it could be happening right now,” I said. This is not just my opinion but also that of the Centers […]

With Swine Flu Returning, Families Can Reduce Risk of Transmission – Washington Post

Last winter, a few months before the first outbreak of H1N1 flu, my 13-year-old became ill, first with a cough and runny nose, and then with low-grade fever and nasal congestion. It was not severe enough to have her miss school, but we had her skip indoor soccer practice. A week later her older sister, […]

What to do – I got the flu? – Shelby Sun

You have a  fever of 100 degrees and a runny nose, but you still manage to go to work. So you think you have the flu? Nope.  You don’t have the flu. Relax,  it’s just a common cold. The flu is – well, like getting hit by a Mack truck. Symptoms of flu include sudden […]

When an epidemic becomes a pandemic – Shelby Sun

A few months ago, a hospital surveyor asked me. “As an infection control practitioner, what would keep you awake at night?” “Outbreaks of staph infections and hospital acquired infections are a concern,” I said. “But, we can manage them. I worry about a global flu pandemic.” Each year, during the winter season we have a […]