Janelle Vaesa, MPH

About Janelle Vaesa, MPH

Janelle Vaesa received her Master of Science degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior, from the University of Louisville in 2008, and her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, also from the University of Louisville, in 2006. Janelle has eight years of experience in a variety of public health settings, but her expertise lies in the study of infectious diseases, including preventative measures, and emergency preparedness.

Janelle’s time as a certified nursing assistant inspired her to concentrate on the preventative aspect of illnesses, diseases and injuries. She has worked as a Health Educator, where she taught classes on emergency preparedness to people in her community.  She also developed curriculum pertaining to infectious diseases for local medical professionals.

Scabies Outbreak in Immigrant Camps: Medical Screenings by Non-Medical Personnel

scabies outbreak

The microscopic scabies mite has been spotted in camps for immigrant children crossing into the U.S. – even a Border Patrol agent has caught the disease.

Terrible Stomach Flu Still Going Around: GII.4 Norovirus Update

It only takes 18 particles to make someone sick. Image by the CDC.

We call it the cruiseship virus, but research shows you’re more likely to get the stomach flu from restaurant food. Is the GII.4 norovirus really worse than earlier versions?

Doctors Using Wikipedia to Diagnose and Treat Illness?

How dangerous is the medical trend toward using Wikipedia to diagnose and treat patients? Image by Decoded Science, all rights reserved

Wikipedia is full of errors, since anyone can write or update an entry – yet half of today’s doctors use the site to look up information for their patients.

Is Your Butter Really GMO? Food Scares vs. Reality


Most dairy cows eat genetically-modified feed these days. Does that mean there’s GMO plant DNA in your dairy products? Not even a trace.

Megadose of Measles Vaccine: Virotherapy to Cure Cancer

The measles vaccine has helped kill cancer in one patient. Image by the CDC.

Virotherapy may be the answer to cancer treatment problems. How could a massive dose of measles vaccine kill cancer?