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Winston Churchill and the Spanish Flu

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Mardelyn Martinez Victims of the Spanish Flu. Credit: Wikipedia Winston Churchill is notable one of the most influential people...

A Troubling Site: Mass Death of Botswanan Elephant Population

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Libby Pinto Elephant carcass in the Okavango Delta. Photo by Roger Borgelid for Mongabay. Since early March, there has been mass...

Debunking the alleged connection between Lyme disease and Unrelated Conditions

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By: Kouadio Toukou Engorged adult Lone star tick. Credit: Wikipedia Commons Lyme Disease, or Lyme Borreliosis is a zoonotic disease...

Danse Macabre, Not as Fun as it Sounds

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Ryan Ponticelli Wildlife diseases not only impact the health of humans and animals, but they also play a large role in generating...

The Deadliest Disease that had Claimed Many Lives in the Pre-Columbian Americas

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Kendrick Zuo One of the most well-known infectious diseases that had existed throughout history is Smallpox. The Variola virus is...

First you were like, “whoa!” Then we were like, “WHOA!” And then you were like, “Fibropapillomatosis.”

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Colby Miller There is currently a disease that is costing green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, more than just a fin or some “noggin”...

Viruses as Medicine for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Claire Lapat Electron Microscopy Image of DjMenace. Credit: Dedrick et al. 2020 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0437-z) ...

15 feet Tall and Threatened!

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!     By Anna Bryant Wild giraffes across Africa are suffering from multiple skin disorders. The Rothschild’s giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis...

Rabies: What Do You Really Know?

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!     Procyon lotor. Credit: Wikipedia By Amanda Hodge   When people think of rabies, they are most likely visualizing...

Myth Busting: Lyme Disease

This is part of a student blog series as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Disease Ecology Class that our own Shane M Hanlon is currently teaching. Find out more about the series and read all the posts here!   By Alex Solopenkov Myth: Autism is caused by / correlated with Lyme Disease Black-legged tick. Credit: CD There...

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