Doc’s Public Health Issues – Crisis Point


Public Health At a Crisis Point

Table of Contents

General Information        

Environmental Issus                                                                                  

           Disasters Just Waiting                                                                                                                        “Human” Pollution

Infectious Diseases (excluding STD’s)     

           Accidents                                                                                                                                                 Medieval (Filth)                                                                                                                                    Policies 


Sexually Transmitted Diseases

           Mixed STD Reports                                                                                                                              Gonorrhea                                                                                                                                              Herpes                                                                                                                                                     Syphillis and Congenital Syphillis                                                                                                  HIV/AIDS  (Yes, HIV/AIDS are not only acquired by Sexual Acts.)   

Social Issues  

           Addiction/Drugs                                                                                                                                    Homelessness                                                                                                                                              General Information                                                                                                                            By State                                                                                                                                              Suicide

Non-Human Issues Important to Human Public Health

           Issues that can affect the FOOD chain.                                                                                          Issues of Diseases passed nto Humans by Non-Human Species



General Information

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

Doo-Doo, the New Urban Crisis | RealtyHop

America Has a Sewage Problem

Study finds annual salary needed to afford a house in 50 largest U.S. cities

Health & Hygiene Confessions: America’s Filthiest Cities Revealed

Minimum Wage Workers Still Can’t Afford Housing, Report Shows | Best States | US News

Minimum wage deemed not enough to afford a two bedroom apartment in La.

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

How Many Must Die Before Officials Address California’s Homeless Crisis? | Dr. Drew Official Website –

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



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


Human” Pollution

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

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


Infectious Diseases (excluding STD’s)


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

Smallpox virus virions. Credit: Fred Murphy / Sylvia Whitfield / CDC.

Smallpox virus virions. Credit: Fred Murphy / Sylvia Whitfield / CDC.

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

A computer illustration of the virus that causes smallpox. The virus was eradicated in 1980, but live samples are kept in two known labs for research.
Science Artwork/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

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

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

Coyotes and Rabies on the Rise in LA – Will the Homeless Become Victims?

Health officials warn of hepatitis A outbreak in Denver | FOX31 Denver

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 



Seattle Is Dying: Hundreds of Homeless Dead Due to Failed Public Health Policy | American Council on Science and Health

A WORLD AT RISK: Annual report on global preparedness
for health emergencies  Global Preparedness Monitoring Board



Anti-vaccine activist shut down CA Senate with menstrual cup | The Sacramento Bee

Test Results Confirm Liquid Thrown At Lawmakers Was Blood; Senate Chambers Reopen – CBS Sacramento


Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Mixed STD Reports

Sexually Transmitted Disease Rates Continue To Rise In California –

Maine reports increases in gonorrhea and syphilis, emphasizes importance of testing – Outbreak News Today

Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in Minnesota – Twin Cities

STDs in Denver up for fourth straight year; more than 1 in 100 residents have chlamydia | FOX31 Denver

Local health districts tackle rising STD rates – Virginia Mercury


Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in U.S. military | PhillyVoice



New Brunswick declares gonorrhea outbreak, blames dating apps and anonymous sex | CTV News

Huge rise in gonorrhoea with Brits to blame for 55% of EU cases

Denver: Gonorrhea cases up 150 percent in four years – Outbreak News Today

Scotland reports 100 percent increase in gonorrhea in 5 years – Outbreak News Today –

England: Gonorrhea cases up 26 percent in 2018 – Outbreak News Today



Genital Herpes – CDC Fact Sheet

Coachella herpes spike: Record 250 cases reported per day near festival |


Syphillis and Congenital Syphillis

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San Francisco reports big syphilis increases in women – Outbreak News Today

Syphilis: Europe reports 70 percent rise since 2010, Iceland reports largest increase – Outbreak News Today


Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis in Europe – 2007 – 2018

Canada: Syphilis outbreak in Alberta – Outbreak News Today

Syphilis outbreak reported in northwestern Ontario | CBC News

Japan reports more than 3,000 syphilis cases in first half of 2019 – Outbreak News Today

Syphilis cases reach all-time high in Europe, up 70% in 7 years

Minnesota reports most congenital syphilis cases ever – Outbreak News Today

Nearly 250 babies infected with syphilis due to mothers

Ottawa syphilis cases take 400 per cent jump in five years | Ottawa Citizen

Syphilis Is Invading Rural America, and a Fraying Health Safety Net Is Failing to Stop It | Healthiest Communities | US News

Canada: BC reports increase in syphilis, 1st congenital syphilis cases in years – Outbreak News Today


HIV/AIDS  (Yes, HIV/AIDS are not only acquired by Sexual Acts.)

North Seattle HIV cluster among drug users and homeless people worries health officials | The Seattle Times

Seattle Is Dying: HIV Outbreak Hits Homeless | American Council on Science and Health

Seattle Is Dying: HIV Outbreak Hits Homeless | American Council on Science and Health

Two ‘vampire facial’ clients infected with HIV » Albuquerque Journal

UPDATE | HIV cases increasing in Cabell County

HIV increases in 2019 among people who use drugs | Multnomah County

New national action plan released to curb rise in syphilis cases | Ministry of Health NZ

  the plan: National Syphilis Action Plan – New Zealand

An HIV Genome From Two Decades Before Its Discovery – The Atlantic

‘The nightmare everyone is worried about’: HIV cases tied to opioids spike in West Virginia county – POLITICO

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Social Issues    



General Information

Number of Homeless Students Soars | Education News | US News



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

By State



Frustration with homelessness mounts in all quarters – Anchorage Daily News

Anchorage is doing more than ever to clear homeless camps, but many residents think the problem has never been worse. What’s really going on? – Anchorage Daily News

Panhandling, drinking and loitering are at a breaking point in Midtown Anchorage, businesses say – Anchorage Daily News



LA’s Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood Ideals to the Test | Hollywood Reporter

Meet the Entertainment Workers Living in Their Cars Amid Housing Crisis | Hollywood Reporter

Homeless Dying in Record Numbers on the Streets of Los Angeles | Healthiest Communities | US News

Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten complains about homeless crisis in LA neighborhood | Daily Mail Online

Pictures from downtown LA capture the problem it faces with trash as it tries and rodents | Daily Mail Online 


Homelessness jumps 12 percent across Los Angeles County despite $619M in spending | Fox News


Tents housing homeless people lining a street in downtown Los Angeles last week. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Oakland Launches Pilot Parking Program For Homeless Living In RVs – CBS San Francisco

San Francisco homelessness crisis ‘cruel and inhuman’: UN report – Business Insider

Homeless Population Surges Across San Francisco Bay Area – CBS San Francisco

San Francisco’s Homeless Population Sees Double-Digit Growth With More Living In Cars – CBS San Francisco

Over 8 In 10 Bay Area Residents Agree State In Housing Crisis, Poll Finds – CBS San Francisco

Stossel – San Francisco 

Homelessness in San Bernardino County jumps 23 percent in 2019 – Press Enterprise

Which San Bernardino County cities have the biggest homeless populations? – San Bernardino Sun

Volunteers count 2,811 homeless people in Riverside County, 22% more than last year – Press Enterprise

Jump In San Mateo County RV Dwellers A Mix Of Homeless, Workers Staying Close To Jobs – CBS San Francisco

Growing Stretch Of Homeless Camps In Silicon Valley Visible from Space – CBS San Francisco

Silicon Valley Homeless Population Spikes; RV Dwellers More Than Double – CBS San Francisco

California has the most homeless people of any state. But L.A. is still a national model – Los Angeles Times

San Francisco homeless stats soar: city blames big business, residents blame officials | Fox News

‘Rats Have Taken Over the City’: Los Angeles Homeless Crisis Reaches Epidemic Levels | CBN News

Homeless Camps On The Rise In Sacramento Neighborhoods – CBS Sacramento

Sacramento To Consider Allowing Homeless People To Live Out Of Their Cars In Designated Lots –

SF Supes Mull Proposal to Let People Living in Vehicles Park on City-Owned Lot – CBS San Francisco

Tourists, Growing Homeless Encampment Share Sands Of Santa Cruz’s Main Beach – CBS San Francisco


Scenes from a downtown Louisville homeless camp that will be cleared out

Louisville city crews clear out downtown homeless camp with brooms and Bobcats

Louisville homeless camp at CSX site in Irish Hill cleared



Denver says feces, urine, litter prompted large homeless sweep around shelter | FOX31 Denver

Denver Public Works said feces, urine and rats prompted sidewalk cleanup at homeless camp |

Denver spent more than $400,000 on private contractor to help with homeless sweeps | FOX31 Denver

Denver women team up to combat garbage buildup | FOX31 Denver

Under homeless deal, Denver will give notice before seizures | FOX31 Denver

Some Initiative 300 opponents say it would turn Denver city parks into campgrounds | FOX31 Denver

Springtime ushers urban encampments into Denver metro | FOX31 Denver

This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp Anywhere – Route Fifty

Denver approves tiny home village for homeless in Globeville neighborhood | FOX31 Denver

Englewood homeless encampment grows; police express concern | FOX31 Denver

Denver election: Initiative 300 projected to fail; would have ended camping ban | FOX31 Denver



Gov. Abbott warns if homeless allowed to camp in Austin streets, lawmakers will step in | KEYE

It’s now legal for homeless to camp on Austin streets |

Starting Monday, homeless people will be able to camp on city sidewalks | KXAN



Panel disagrees on approaches to Spokane’s homelessness problem | The Spokesman-Review

Spokane City Council moving forward with plans for new homeless shelter | News |

Homeless family sues over handling of tent-city protest outside Spokane City Hall | The Spokesman-Review

City of Spokane faces second lawsuit over handling of homeless camp, demonstration | The Spokesman-Review

In new poll on homelessness, Seattle area favors compassion but distrusts politicians | The Seattle Times

In Seattle’s Sodo district, frustration mounts amid RVs, drugs and skyrocketing crime | The Seattle Times

Tourists watch homeless encampment sweep near Fremont Troll | Q13 FOX News

City removes homeless camp near Seattle’s Fremont Troll that was site of overdoses | The Seattle Times

In the aftermath of a drug bust, Seattle homeless camp is cleaned up again | The Seattle Times

Seattle team in charge of removing homeless camps will gain staff, operate 7 days a week | The Seattle Times

Is Seattle’s plan for a vehicle safe lot for homeless people finally going to happen? | The Seattle Times

On way to long-term changes, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan quietly clears homeless camps | The Seattle Times

Everett to open $25,000 safe parking lot for homeless families living in vehicles | Q13 FOX News

Snohomish County Deputy works to clear neighborhoods of illegal RVs | Q13 FOX News

Can Spokane end homelessness? | News |

Lacey approves ban on unsanctioned homeless camping

Homelessness divided a small Western Washington town. And then the fighting started. | The Seattle Times

Seattle officer assigned to clean up homeless camps files $10M claim | Q13 FOX News

Homeless to be left in the cold as Condon, City Council trade jabs over lack of adequate shelter space | The Spokesman-Review

A homeless person cuddles with a dog outside the Cannon Street shelter, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Spokane. Nadine Woodward, a candidate for mayor, suggested the city “should look at” the idea of housing people in tents during the inclement weather, drawing criticism from her opponent, Ben Stuckart. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A homeless person cuddles with a dog outside the Cannon Street shelter, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Spokane. Nadine Woodward, a candidate for mayor, suggested the city “should look at” the idea of housing people in tents during the inclement weather, drawing criticism from her opponent, Ben Stuckart. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Students Experiencing Homelessness in Washington’s K-12 Public Schools

A report from Schoolhouse Washington, a project of BUILDING CHANGES

Survey finds 3,300 homeless students in Spokane County | The Spokesman-Review                                                                                                                            



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


Non-Human Issues Important to Human Public Health