Doc’s Public Health Issues – Crisis Point


Public Health At a Crisis Point

(Articles are removed monthly unless deemed necessary for the larger picture)

Table of Contents

Breaking Disease Issues

Breaking Food Security Issues

Coming Soon to America

Ongoing Issues

General Information        

Environmental Issus                                                                                  

Disasters Just Waiting                                                                                                                       “Human” Pollution

Food Insecurity Issues

Infectious Diseases (excluding STD’s)     

Medieval (Filth)                                                                                                                                     Accidents                                                                                                                                    

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Social Issues  

Addiction/Drugs                                                                                                                                   Homelessness                                                                                                                                              General Information                                                                                                                      Suicide

Non-Human Issues Important to Human Public Health

Issues that can affect the FOOD/FLUID chain.                                                                            Issues of Diseases in the Food/Fluid chains passed onto Humans by Non-                           Human Species

Breaking Disease Issues

Wuhan Virus

15 people down with Wuhan flu in Hong Kong, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times – posted 01/07/20

DOH tightens screening amid ‘mysterious’ virus outbreak in China – Northbound Philippines News Online – posted 01/07/20

Cases of mystery respiratory illness in China rise to 44 | CTV News – posted 01/07/20

7 more Hong Kong patients treated for mystery disease | CTV News – posted 01/0/20 id=sm%3Atrueanthem%3Actvvancouverisland%3Apost&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

Questions still swirl over China’s unexplained pneumonia outbreak | CIDRAP – posted 01/07/20

Hong Kong to add mystery illness to reportable diseases – posted 01/07/19

Am not going to try and keep up with the sheer volume of reports other than more scientific articles.

Breaking Food Security Issues

Locust Plague

UN urges rapid measures as desert locusts invade Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia – Xinhua | – posted 01/27/20

Kenya suffers worst locust invasion in 70 years, FAO warns infestation may worsen – posted 01/30/20

Worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years threatens food security across East Africa: UN – Xinhua | – posted 01/31/20

Locust outbreak approaches full blown crisis in East Africa – posted 02/02/20

Uganda to deploy soldiers to tackle locust invasion – The East African – posted 02/10/20

Act now to prevent Desert Locust catastrophe in Horn of Africa: UN agencies | UN News – posted 02/10/20

Uganda approves $1.8m in efforts to fight locust invasion – The East African – posted 02/12/20

239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from hunger and malnutrition – posted 02/15/20

Second wave of locust invasion to hit in two months – The East African – posted 02/17/20

Asia Album: Locusts swarming raises concerns in Pakistan – Xinhua | – posted 02/17/20

Locusts swarm into South Sudan as plague spreads – Reuters – posted 02/18/20

Nothing left’: Kenyan mother’s fields stripped by locust swarm | The Star Online – posted 02/19/20

South China may be invaded by locusts | The Star Online – posted 02/20/20

Massive swarms of locusts invade Saudi Arabia – posted 02/22/20


Coming Soon  to America

Dengue – All Ready here.  

Dengue outbreak in Paraguay: DEN-4 predominant, President Abdo falls victim – Outbreak News Today – posted 02/11/20

Dengue in the Americas: 34 countries reported increases in 2019 – Outbreak News Today – posted 02/11/20

Sri Lanka: Dengue cases top 11,000 – Outbreak News Today – posted 02/11/20

Dengue health alert issued in Huila, Colombia – Outbreak News Today – posted 02/11/20


Ongoing Outbreaks

Hepatitis A

Louisiana reports over 700 cases of hepatitis A amid ongoing outbreak – posted 61/16/20

Florida hepatitis A outbreak tops 4,000 cases since 2018 – Tampa Dispatch – posted 01/16/20




Measles Outbreaks Make 2019 a Record-Setting Year | Voice of America – English – posted 01/16/20

What Measles Outbreaks May Mean For You – 2020 – Stories – News – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – posted 01/16/20

General Information

Preparing for the Next Pandemic — The WHO’s Global Influenza Strategy | NEJM –posted 01/06/20


Environmental Issus         

Disasters Just Waiting  

California exposure to volcanoes.

SoCal Quake Jolts Complacent Californians Toward Preparedness – CBS San Francisco

Nearly 4,500 older brick buildings in Washington could be dangerous in a quake, new report says | NW News Network

New study says Puget Sound is an earthquake hot zone | The Spokesman-Review – posted 01/06/20

Volcanic Eruptions From 3 Different Countries In 3 Days – posted 01/15/20

hTaal: Multiple new fissures reported, total evacuation within 14 km (8.6 miles), Philippinesttps://

Taal: Multiple new fissures reported, total evacuation within 14 km (8.6 miles), Philippines – posted 01/15/20


Food Insecurity Issues

Brazil’s meat industry set to profit from food security concerns in China | The Pig Site – posted 02/13/20



Human” Pollution

Welcome to San Francisco’s dirtiest block | Daily Mail Online

Doo-Doo, the New Urban Crisis | RealtyHop

America Has a Sewage Problem

SF Mayor Says Her City Is Drowning In Poop: ‘There’s More Feces … Than I’ve Ever Seen’ | The Daily Caller

SF Mayor: ‘There’s More Feces … Than I’ve Ever Seen’ | NBC Bay Area

Interactive map reveals the staggering number of human waste on San Francisco’s streets | Daily Mail Online

San Francisco sees ‘brownout’ amid spike in public pooping, reports say | Fox News

Here’s How Bad San Francisco’s Poop Problem Got in 2019 | Intellectual Takeout – posted 01/09/20

Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis | California Healthline – posted 01/09/20

Along a section of the Los Angeles River that runs between Interstate 5 and the neighborhood Atwater Village, camping tents inhabited by homeless people pop up on islets in the middle of the concrete channel. (Anna Almendrala/California Healthline)

Infectious Diseases (excluding STD’s

Medieval (Filth) Diseases

Homeless Camps Are Infectious Disease Time Bombs | American Council on Science and Health

Typhus and Tuberculosis Are Spreading in California Homeless Populations – The Atlantic

Return of Medieval Diseases Feared in California

Medieval diseases lurk in LA: 124 cases of Typhus are confirmed | Daily Mail Online


Fleas carry Typhus from infected stray animals. Though rats are most often attributed with the disease, any stray animal like cats or opossums can also be carriers 

Hepatitis A outbreak: Florida reports 32 cases in 1st four days of 2020 – Tampa Dispatch – posted 01/09/20


An explosion rocked a Russian research facility known for housing the smallpox virus – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – posted 10/17/19

Russia Confirms Explosion At Ex Bioweapons Lab Storing Ebola, Smallpox And Plague – posted 10/17/19

Smallpox Samples Are Stored In Russian Lab That Saw An Explosion : Goats and Soda : NPR – posted 10/17/19

Lab Worker Accidentally Infects Herself With Virus Related to Smallpox – posted 11/12/19


Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Man’s Headaches and Eye Pain Turns out to Be Syphilis That Had Spread to His Head – posted 01/06/20

Montana: Gonorrhea cases highest in 40 years – Outbreak News Today – posted 01/06/20

Congenital syphilis: New Mexico issues a public health order increasing screening – Outbreak News Today – posted 01/20/20

Houston: Congenital syphilis up 121 percent, ‘My Prenatal Promise’ campaign launched – Outbreak News Today – posted 02/11/20


Social Issues    


What Are The Real Costs Of The Opioid Epidemic? : Shots – Health News : NPR posted 12/30/19


Paramedics in Portland, Maine, respond to a call for a heroin overdose. A new report estimates some $60 billion was spent on health care related to opioid addiction in 2018.
Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images

The Ripple Effect –  National and State Estimates of the U.S. Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Children – posted 12/30/19

Economic Impact of Non-Medical Opioid Use in the United States – October 2019 – posted 01/06/20

Economic Impact of Non-Medical Opioid Use in the United States Annual Estimates and Projections for 2015 through 2019
Report prepared by Milliman, Inc.
AUTHORS – Stoddard Davenport, MPH Alexandra Weaver, ASA, MAAA Matt Caverly
PEER REVIEWERS – Steve Melek, FSA, MAAA Melanie Kuester, PharmD, BCPS Anne Jackson, FSA, MAAA

Copyright © 2019 by the Society of Actuaries. All rights reserved.



General Information

Number of Homeless Students Soars | Education News | US News



The State of Homelessness in America    The Council of Economic Advisers  September 2019

The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress – H.U.D.

For Countless Americans, Living In Their Vehicles Has Become “The New Normal” | Zero Hedge

Without Parking, Thousands of Americans Who Live in Vehicles Have Nowhere to Go – Route Fifty

Homelessness is a crisis in some parts of the country. Why are 2020 candidates mostly ignoring it? | The Seattle Times

Starving Seniors: How America Fails To Feed Its Aging | Kaiser Health News

Cities With the Most Homelessness in the U.S. | Cities | US News

US Homeless Population Rose 2.7% In 2019, Driven By A Surge In California, HUD Says – CBS Sacramento = posted 01/06/20

TENT CITY, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding – posted 01/16/20


The 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress – posted 01/16/20


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development                                              OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

By State –

As of today – 01/15/20 – I am stopping listing articles by state because the sheer number of articles now appearing on a daily basis is just to much to keep up with.



Department of Defense (DoD) Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) 4th Quarter,  CY 2018
Kari D Orvis, Ph.D., Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO ) – posted 11/12/19

Original Investigation | Psychiatry / Contextual Factors Associated With County-Level Suicide Rates in the United States, 1999 to 2016 – posted 11/12/19

Danielle L. Steelesmith, PhD; Cynthia A. Fontanella, PhD; John V. Campo, MD; Jeffrey A. Bridge, PhD; Keith L.Warren, PhD; Elisabeth D. Root, PhD
Open Access. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License.
JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(9):e1910936. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10936 (Reprinted) September 6, 2019 1/13

Suicide rates climbing, especially in rural America – posted 11/12/19

Veterinarians Are Killing Themselves. An Online Group Is There To Listen And Help – – posted 11/12/19

Nurse suicides on the rise, a new UCSD study finds – Business Insider – posted 11/12/19

U.S. Youth Suicide Rate Reaches 20-Year High | Health News | US News – posted 11/12/19

Up to a third of opioid overdose deaths might be suicides, Johns Hopkins researcher concludes – Baltimore Sun – posted 01/10/20


Non-Human Issues Important to Human Public Health

Issues that can affect the FOOD chain.

African Swine Fever

FAO ASF situation update – African Swine Fever (ASF) – FAO Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health (EMPRES-AH)

New ASF outbreak in Poland is the largest on record | The Pig Site

African swine fever hits industrial farms in Vietnam, 2.8 million pigs culled – Reuters

Nearly 5 million pigs lost to ASF outbreaks in Asia so far | The Pig Site

South Korea orders military to target wild boar to stop spread of ASF | The Pig Site

Experts predict swine fever could wipe out quarter of global pig herd | The Pig Site – posted 01/06/20

The Big Wobble: Pig Crisis Update: “This is the largest animal disease outbreak in history,” there is no cure! Swine fever could be the end of pork: The disease is the black death, (Plague) for pig – posted 01/06/20

‘We’re very, very worried’: Canada’s ‘unprecedented’ campaign to keep out African Swine Fever, from sniffer dogs to sausage bans | National Post – posted 01/20/20

African swine fever one step closer to German pig herds | The Pig Site – posted 01/20/20


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – Prion Disease

The disease devastating deer herds may also threaten human health — High Country News

Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Implications for Prion Transmission to Humans and Other Animal Species | mBio

Wildlife Officials Warn Of ‘Zombie’ Deer That Suffer From A Highly Contagious Disease – CBS Sacramento

Chronic Wasting Disease: First confirmed case in a moose in Montana – Outbreak News Today – posted 01/06/20

CWD-infected Douglas County deer traced to Pine County farm – Twin Cities – posted 01/20/20

Study raises possibility of sexual spread of CWD in deer | CIDRAP – posted 01/20/20

Minnesota finds localized CWD in wild deer; new Wisconsin county affected | CIDRAP – posted 02/11/20


Epizoodic Hemorrhagic Disease

Hemorrhagic fever confirmed in Harrison County, WV, deer | WV News |

Insect-borne disease kills wild deer in SE Minnesota – Twin Cities

State wildlife officials warn of disease outbreak in Tennessee deer population; some deaths reported | Times Free Press

Over 100 Crawford County deer suspected dead from EHD | Courier Press. This sickly deer eventually died—one of the first confirmed cases of EHD in Crawford County, according to hunter Troy Martin, who sent in the picture from Wauzeka Township.

Virginia Officials Say Deer Deaths Caused By Viral Outbreak – CBS Baltimore

Iowa DNR Says Hundreds of Deer Dead Due to Virus |

2,000 White Tail Deer Die From Virus | News Radio 1190 KEX – posted 01/20/20

Newcastle Disease

Chicken-killing Newcastle disease spurs strict guidelines for public employees – Press Enterprise

Chicken slaughter due to Newcastle spread tops more than 1.1 million in Inland Empire – Press Enterprise

New wave of chicken-killing Newcastle disease hits Southern California – Press Enterprise – posted 01/06/20

USDA APHIS | Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) – posted 01/20/20

Newcastle reemerges, spreads in California | American Veterinary Medical Association – posted 02/11/20


Pseudogymnoascus destructans – White-nose Syndrome

Resource managers are trying to protect the bats of the area from white-nose syndrome. These bats are showing the classic signs of white-nose syndrome.
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Fatal Bat Disease Has Made its Way to Eastern Washington – NewsRadio 560 KPQ

White-nose syndrome found in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain as deadly bat disease pushes farther west | CBC News

King County, Washington: White-nose syndrome confirmed in a fringed myotis bat for the first time – Outbreak News Today – posted 01/20/20