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Non-Communicable Diseases: Some facts

on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 17:27

This post introduces the concept of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and illustrates some NCDs-related facts. It isn the first blog post in a series devoted to NCDs.

Predicting the Number of Cases from the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Countries with Widespread and Intense Transmission

on Wed, 09/10/2014 - 05:25

This post introduces an interactive data visualization to predict the number of cases for the next six weeks from the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, specifically in countries with widespread and intense transmission (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone)

Forecasting the Number of Cases of Ebola Virus from the 2014 Outbreak in West Africa During the Next 12 Weeks

on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:36

Forecasting and mathematical modeling was applied to estimate the cumulative number of cases from the 2014 Ebola virus diseases outbreak in West Africa. it was estimated that the number of cases could be more than 8,000 during the next 12 weeks or around November 23rd, 2014

Tracking the Ebola virus disease outbreak,West Africa 2014

on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 05:57

An exploratory dashboard for tracking the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa 2014 is introduced in this post

Travel associated cases of Chikungunya in the United States

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 06:05

Imported cases of Chikungunya in continental United States: As of October 21st 2014, 1,471 imported cases of Chikungunya have been reported in the continental US. 47 States have reported travel associated cases. Florida, one of the States with the higher number of imported cases, has also reported 11 locally-transmitted cases.

Chikungunya virus, a new vector-borne disease in the Americas

on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:29

The current Chikungunya virus disease outbreak in the Americas is introduced in this post. Evidence of the magnitude of this outbreak and its public health implications are presented

Immediate action to address the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America

on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 01:01

This blog post highlights the key message from the paper "The epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Central America" published in The Lancet on June 25th, 2014 by Pedro Orduñez, Carla Saenz, Ramón Martinez, Evelina Chapman, Ludovic Reveiz and Francisco Becerra. Pan American Health Organization, Washington DC 20037, USA.

Chronology of Ebola Virus Disease outbreaks, 1976-2014

on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 04:01

The chronology of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreaks documented in history is introduced and visualized in this blog post.

Ebola virus disease outbreak, West Africa, 2014

on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 18:19

This article is about the outbreak of Ebola virus disease that is taking place in West Africa, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Data from this outbreak from March to June 2014 is presented with the support of a data visualization.

Volcanic activity within the last 10,000 years

on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 20:11

This article and data visualizations explore the volcanic activity. A summary of some statistics about eruptions within the last 10,000 years and two new interactive visualizations that allow you to explore all recorded eruptions will be provided.

Satellite image of Volcano Mount Tambora, Indonesia which in 1892 had the largest eruption with a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 7. Image from Google Map