Food Alergy Research and Education
May has been designated as Food Allergy Awareness Month, and this year Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10 – May 16, 2020) will shed light on the public health crisis that affects more than 32 million Americans. As travel health nurses (THNs) we know that food allergies can present serious challenges to our travelers. An organization such as FARE www.fare.org can be a valuable resource when counseling our patients.
SueAnn McDevitt, longtime ATHNA member and ATHNA Fellow, is co-author of the "Highly Allergic Traveler" section in the 2020 CDC "yellow book," Health Information for International Travel. That resource includes key assessment questions and important health education topics to help THNs prepare travelers at risk for a severe allergic reaction.
To learn more about food allergy prevention, diagnosis, treatment and how individuals with food allergies cope, FARE is offering a week of special educational activities:
- Monday, May 11, 2020: "Help Reduce the Risk in Infants" Facebook Live with Dr. Ruchi Gupta
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020: FARE's first Virtual Symposium: "Managing Food Allergies during COVID-19"
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020: FARE's Inaugural Top 9-Free Meal Swap Challenge in honor of Anaphylaxis Awareness Day
- Thursday, May 14, 2020: "Food Allergy 101: A Crash Course for the Newly Diagnosed"
- Friday, May 15, 2020: A preview for a food allergy primer from the power mom duo Dr. Kari Nadeau and philanthropist Sloan Barnett
- Wednesday, May 20, 2020: The FASTER Act (H.R. 2117, S.3451): An Update from Washington with special guest, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6)
Book Review: Spillover or When Diseases Jump from Animals to Humans
I first read Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen in 2012, not long after SARS. At the time I found it enlightening and relevant for my traveling patients. Last week I reread this comprehensive and engaging review of zoonotic diseases for my own benefit. I found it prescient and critical to our understanding of the current pandemic. In each chapter, this award-winning author recounts the beginnings for many well –known, as well as other lesser known, outbreaks including Lyme disease, HIV, Ebola, MERS, Nipah and SIV. Quammen provides clear and compelling explanations for pandemic basics, including the concept of spillover, why RNA viruses can mutate so rapidly, how deforestation and global population density support new human diseases, and the important role of ecology and evolution in pathogen development.
TravelByte #36: Six Feet Never Mattered So Much
Hard to imagine that it was only a month ago that the first cases of COVID19 started to strike home here in the U.S. Those of us in travel health were still advising our travelers about their future itineraries, counseling companies about "business essential" travel, and working with administrators coordinating spring study abroad programming...
Spanish Flu 1918-19 & COVID19: Two Pandemics Compared
One hundred years ago America experienced a devastating pandemic just as WWI came to an end. Currently there is a lot of talk about the Spanish Flu, comparing its impact with our novel coronavirus global health emergency. This month's TravelByte on Social Distancing references that 1918-19 worldwide event as evidence that social distancing has benefit. ATHNA has received permission from the author to share an excellent 25 minute history lecture on our website. Fascinating details. Patient zero was in Kansas!
About the Author: Professor Don Schwartz received a Ph.D. in Modern European and American History from New York University and was a member of the history faculty at California State University from 1987-2010. His specialized fields include diplomatic history and The Holocaust. Since his retirement he has lectured at Panasastra University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and at Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He currently gives lectures to community groups in southern California.
Where in the World Is Our Traveler? (Answers Next Month)
Geography is an ongoing challenge in the field of travel medicine. Try this puzzle to see if you know where your travelers may be heading after the COVID19 crisis ends.
Diane McHugh, ATHNA Secretary, has a passion for travel health and for world travel. We will be featuring some of her photos from journeys around the planet for the next few months. Diane had logged many miles before COVID19 struck! We will start our global photographic tour in the Indian subcontinent where decorating elephants has been commonplace- and an art- for centuries. Elephants hold a special place in Indian history and culture.
Do you have a travel photo to share? In this new website feature, we'll post member favorites each month. Send your photographs to info@ATHNA.org.