Hello and welcome to Outbreak Watch, a blog I have thought about creating/writing for the past three years but never really mustered the courage to make till now!
I am Pranab, a resident in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences and the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in New Delhi. As a student of public health, I have always been fascinated by infectious diseases. This fascination became even more reinforced when, in course of my residency, I came in close contact with infectious diseases, and the people they affect. In addition, I have always been intrigued by the multifarious presentation of infectious diseases. Having seen the variety of symptoms caused by Tuberculosis and the rapid rise of drug resistance (in Mycobacterium as well as other pathogens) in the Indian context, I have come to appreciate Joshua Lederberg’s words:
One of my most favorite parts of being a doctor is to be able to help patients with puzzling symptoms. It rouses the armchair sleuth in me, and few things can be more intriguing than tracking a new outbreak. It is one of the times that doctors, epidemiologists and healthcare personnel get to act like detectives. Understanding where a “mystery illness” originated from, who it affected and how it waxed and waned requires knowledge of medicine, and then some! Which is why, despite the obvious human suffering, outbreaks have held my attention captivated, and my imagination inspired.
In this blog, I try to update as regularly as possible about outbreaks, big and small, that I come to know or read about. I realize that an individual effort to keep tabs on Infectious Disease outbreaks is a Herculean task, almost impossible in magnitude. Large, well funded, multi-site outbreak alert systems aren’t doing as well as one would have hoped for, an amateur blog should not be incriminated if there are errors of omission (or commission). Quite naturally, I am going to miss out talking about a lot of outbreaks and I hope to not be held at fault for them. I shall try to keep updating about as many events as I get to read about. If you think that there is an outbreak I should talk about or a follow up report on an outbreak that I have previously covered, please feel free to write in to (email given below!).
All the standard disclaimers of the healthcare social media environment apply to this blog. None of the contents of this blog are meant to be used as medical advice. If you feel you need medical attention, this blog (and most blogs, I would wager) is not the place to get it. Do consult a licensed physician recognized by the appropriate authorities. This blog is brought as a personal interest effort and largely an act of volunteerism. None of the content in this blog are intended to malign any entity or to be libelous. I am not a legal expert, so I hope that this disclaimer is taken in spirit and understood rather than interpreted with literal and legal implications.
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