Tag Archives: epidemic

Photograph of Aedes aegypti female mosquito biting. June 28

Web Collecting During the Zika Outbreak

By Christie Moffatt This week is “Mosquito Control Awareness week,” and agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services are taking this opportunity to share (and hoping that you’ll help re-share) guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on ways to control mosquitoes in and around your home, an important […]

Obama stands in a lab listening to Dr. Nancy Sullivan explain. March 26

Ebola at One Year

By Elizabeth Mullen and Christie Moffatt This week marks one year since the World Health Organization announced that the deadly outbreak in Guinea was Ebola. To date, the outbreak has claimed over 10,000 lives, the largest Ebola epidemic since its discovery in 1976. The National Library of Medicine’s role has been to provide information resources […]

A photograph of a nurse wearing a surgical mask and a list of tips "to prevent influenza" January 15

Influenza Precautions, Then and Now

Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Tom Ewing, Professor of History and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Professor Ewing offers a comparison of health recommendations during the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 and today.      On October 18, 1918, the Illustrated Current […]

Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealing some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.Photo Credit: Frederick Murphy November 19

Future Historical Collections: Archiving the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

By Christie Moffatt When future researchers look back at the current Ebola outbreak, what resources will they want to explore?  What will they want to know?  Of the news and information about Ebola that is created and shared digitally over the web, what will remain to be examined one, ten, or even fifty years from […]

Word cloud in which influenza, H7N9, Health, Virus, and CDC figure prominantly December 05

Future Explorations of the Modern Flu

By Christie Moffatt The research underway on the 1918 flu epidemic described in Dr. Thomas Ewing’s recent post here on Circulating Now is a fascinating example of the long-term research value of news communications.  Dr. Ewing describes how health officials conducted a publicity and education campaign in the newspapers to prevent the spread of the […]

Abstract cartoon figures cover thier ears, mouth, and eyes. December 01

Getting to Zero: World AIDS Day

By Erika Mills Currently, 35 million people around the world are living with HIV. Many lack access to vital information and resources that would help prevent the spread of the disease. For those living with HIV/AIDS, lifesaving medicines are often out of reach while discrimination presents yet another obstacle to health and well-being. In 1988, […]

A Discourse, Delivered on the 26th of November, 1795. November 26

Giving Thanks

By Elizabeth A. Mullen and Jeffrey S. Reznick In the NLM’s History of Medicine Division, we have a lot to be thankful for this season. During the past year, we have completed a number of great projects, many of which have been featured here on Circulating Now. And the blog is itself one of the […]