PHC Global Alerts

You need early warnings about how biorisks threaten your business so you can plan for workforce deployment and business continuity. PHC Global identifies emerging threats and delivers intelligence directly to you. Below is a sample of alerts:
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Indiana reports potential measles exposure from out-of-state visitor at Indianapolis Children's Museum04/22/2024
Marion County
Measles

Businesses in the greater Indianapolis area should inform employees about the possible measles exposure and provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Marion County, IN reports possible measles exposure at the Indianapolis Children's Museum related to an out-of-town visitor. The case visited the muse...read moreum on April 8 for a solar eclipse viewing event. No measles cases have been identified in Marion County residents in 2024. [Confidence: Very High]

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Samoa declares a dengue outbreak04/19/2024
Samoa
Vector-borne Disease

Businesses in Samoa can support mosquito control measures at their facilities by eliminating standing water. Employees living in or visiting the area should eliminate sources of standing water around their property and prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent. The Samoa Ministry of Health has declared a dengue outbreak after reporting increasing cases. 216 cases have occurred between Nov 2023 to April 14, 20...read more24, with 81 of the cases occurring in April. The Ministry of Health is urging individuals to implement mosquito control measures. [Confidence: Very High]

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Quebec reports 3 new measles cases in the past week, totaling 46 for 202404/19/2024
Quebec
Measles

Businesses in Quebec should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Quebec, Canada reported 3 new measles cases in the past week. In total, 46 cases have occurred in Quebec in 2024, with most cases occurring in Montrea...read morel (18) and Montérégie (11). The new cases visited several public places, including two outpatient medical centers (CLSC de Côte-des-Neiges and ELNA Pediatrics). [Confidence: Very High]

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New York City on track to have another year of high leptospirosis cases04/18/2024
New York City County
Infectious Disease

Leptospirosis is getting media attention, but should not impact enterprise business. Businesses in NYC should take measures to ensure rodent-free facilities. Any rodent urine should be cleaned with bleach; wet the soiled area with bleach before wiping up. Employees should always wear gloves when handling rodents or their urine. NYC reported a high number of leptospirosis cases so far in 2024, with 6 cases identified. In comparison, NYC averaged only 3-4 cases a year between 2...read more001 - 2022, though in 2023, they had 24 cases. Leptospirosis is more common in dogs in NYC than humans; a canine vaccine that covers several serovars is available. Leptospirosis can be severe but is treatable. Infection is caused by exposure to water, soil, or food containing animal urine and is usually associated with outdoor activities in tropical areas. [Confidence: Very High]

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Czechia's whooping cough outbreak reaches new record04/16/2024
Czechia
Respiratory Disease

Businesses in Czechia may experience increased worker absenteeism due to family caregiving needs, and should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Czechia's worst whooping cough outbreak in at least 64 years continues, with 1,494 new cases reported in the past week. This is the highest number of ...read morecases in a single week since the outbreak started. See PHC analysis 3/20 and alerts 3/7, 4/3, and 4/9 for more info. [Confidence: Very High]

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Peru's dengue-related deaths triple in 202404/15/2024
Peru
Vector-borne Disease

Businesses in Peru can support mosquito control measures at their facilities by eliminating standing water. Employees living in or visiting the area should eliminate sources of standing water around their property and prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent. Peru's health ministry estimates 117 dengue deaths have occurred this year among an estimated 135,000 cases. This is triple the number of deaths obser...read moreved over the same period last year, leading the ministry to approve large-scale fumigation campaigns aimed at containing the virus. [Confidence: Very High]

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US Embassy in Costa Rica issues health alert due to whooping cough04/12/2024
Costa Rica
Respiratory Disease

Businesses in Costa Rica should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. The US Embassy issued an alert regarding whooping cough in Costa Rica. Costa Rica's Ministry of Health is investigating a whooping cough outbreak in the Tibas region. [Confidence: Very High]

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Dengue outbreak continues in Brazil with ~3 million probable cases so far in 202404/12/2024
Brazil
Vector-borne Disease

Businesses in Brazil can support dengue prevention by eliminating standing water at their facilities to reduce mosquito populations. Employees living in or visiting the area should prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent. Brazil's record-breaking dengue outbreak now has ~3 million probable cases. Dengue-related deaths in 2024 are nearly triple those seen in 2023. Prelim...read moreinary data suggest that rates may be starting to decline but, due to substantial reporting delays, further data is necessary to confirm this. [Confidence: Very High]

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US Virgin Islands reported 3 cases of dengue and issued a health alert encouraging the public to take precautions04/11/2024
U.S. Virgin Islands
Vector-borne Disease

Dengue is endemic in the US Virgin Islands, but higher than normal cases are expected this year due to the many dengue outbreaks occurring across Central and South America. Businesses in the US Virgin Islands or with employees traveling there should advise them to take steps to prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing, using insect repellent, and eliminating standing water near their homes. US Virgin Islands (VI) reported 3 cases of dengue in 2024 and encouraged citizens to seek treatment if they develop symptoms. Though case rates in US ...read moreVI are still low, a rise in dengue cases is anticipated following nearby Puerto Rico's record high 549 cases already this year. [Confidence: Very High]

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Argentina reports insect repellent shortage as dengue cases surge04/11/2024
Argentina
Vector-borne Disease

Businesses with employees traveling to Argentina should encourage them to bring insect repellent with them. Employees visiting the area should prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent. Argentina reported that many regions, including Buenos Aires, are experiencing shortages of insect repellent due to increased demand related to ongoin...read moreg high dengue infection rates. Authorities are temporarily allowing importation of insect repellent and are working to increase repellent production locally. [Confidence: Very High]

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Chicago reports one new measles case in an individual who visited public places04/09/2024
Cook County
Measles

Businesses in Chicago should inform employees about the possible measles exposure and provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Chicago reported one new measles case, totaling 58 so far. Cases tied to this outbreak have started to taper, but another surge is possible due to mea...read moresles' sometimes lengthy incubation period. The newest case visited a pharmacy and grocery store. [Confidence: Very High]

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Vietnam reports their first human case of H9N2 avian influenza 04/09/2024
Vietnam
Atypical Influenza

Informational update only. Human cases are rare; the risk of an outbreak is extremely low based on historic behavior. Employees in or traveling to Vietnam should avoid live-animal markets and not have contact with or consume diseased poultry. Vietnam reported their first human case of H9N2 avian influenza. The case had no known contact with poultry, but lived next to an individual who raise...read mores poultry for sale. H9N2 avian influenza has been detected in birds in Vietnam. It is a low virulence strain and usually causes only mild symptoms. [Confidence: Very High]

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Anthrax detected in letters sent to Pakistan judges last week; more suspicious letters identified04/08/2024
Pakistan
Infectious Disease

Media contain conflicting reports about the powder-laced letters sent last week, but some media claim forensics did find anthrax spores. An anthrax bioterrorism incident in Pakistan should not impact enterprise business directly; however, this situation illustrates the importance of being prepared for this type of event. Businesses should have a plan for how to handle suspicious mail. Update to the Pakistan incident involving threatening letters containing a suspicious white powder: some media sources claim anthrax spores were confi...read morermed in the powder. Ten additional threatening letters were found on Friday, bringing the total number of suspicious letters to 18. Anthrax usually does not spread person-to-person. Authorities are still investigating. [Confidence: Moderate]

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Sierra County, CA reports death of resident from hantavirus, first case in the County in over 20 years04/05/2024
Sierra County
Spillover Event

Businesses in CA should take measures to ensure rodent-free facilities. Any rodent droppings should be cleaned with bleach; wet the soiled area with bleach before wiping up droppings to limit infectious aerosol generation. Employees should always wear gloves and N95 (or equivalent) masks when handling rodents or their droppings. Sierra County, CA reports the death of a resident from hantavirus, the first case in the region since 2003 and the first case in CA this year. Hantavi...read morerus is spread by the droppings (urine and feces) of rodents and can cause severe illness. [Confidence: Very High]

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West Sussex hospital temporarily closes some wards due to norovirus outbreak04/05/2024
West Sussex
Food- and Waterborne Disease

This incident illustrates the potential impact of a norovirus outbreak on a business, even in a healthcare setting. Food service establishments should remind sick workers to stay home and not return to work for 48 hours after symptoms stop. Paid sick leave can help reduce the risk of a food establishment-associated outbreak. Employers should remind employees to wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom and before eating or handling food. Other enterprise businesses can avoid norovirus outbreaks by encouraging sick people to stay home. St Richard's Hospital in West Sussex reported closing multiple wards and restricting visitors due to a norovirus outbreak. [Confidence: Very High]

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Netherlands reports rising measles rates, with 37 cases in March04/04/2024
Netherlands
Measles

Businesses in the Netherlands should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. The Netherlands is experiencing increasing measles rates in 2024, with 37 new cases in March and 51 cases total for the year. There were only 7 measle...read mores cases in the Netherlands for all of 2023. Measles vaccination rates in the Netherlands are 88.8%, below the target of 95%. [Confidence: Very High]

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Whooping cough cases in Czechia highest since 1960 04/03/2024
Czechia
Respiratory Disease

Businesses in Czechia should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. The whooping cough outbreak in Czechia continues, with 5,297 cases total in 2024, of which 1,077 occurred just in the last week. This is the most case...read mores in a calendar year since 1960. PHC warned the situation in Czechia was continuing to worsen, despite the Health Minister saying the situation was "under control." See PHC analysis 3/20 and alert 3/7 for more info. [Confidence: Very High]

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Eight judges in Pakistan receive white powder letters04/03/2024
Pakistan
Infectious Disease

Anthrax garners headlines, especially when potential bioterrorism is involved, but a potential anthrax incident in Pakistan should not impact enterprise business. Anthrax usually does not spread person-to-person. Pakistan reported that eight judges received threatening letters with a white powder suspected of being anthrax. Authorities are investigating the let...read moreters; white powder hoaxes are common. Anthrax was last used in a bioterrorism attack in 2001, infecting 22 and killing 5. [Confidence: Very High]

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Texas poultry flock tests positive for H5N1 avian influenza04/02/2024
Texas
Animal Disease

Informational update included due to recent H5N1 cases in cattle and a human in Texas. The risk of human disease remains low, but avian flu outbreaks in poultry can have a financial impact on businesses in the food industry and can also increase the price of consumer chicken. Texas reported avian influenza H5N1 in a commercial poultry flock in a facility owned by the largest US egg producer. This comes just one day after H5...read moreN1 was identified in a farmer with exposure to infected cows. H5N1 influenza is typically spread between birds (both domestic and wild) and can occasionally spread from birds to other animals and humans, but human-to-human transmission is extremely rare. The type of H5N1 identified in the Texas poultry is the same that has been causing mass die-offs of birds around the world; it is different from the H5N1 that has caused human fatalities in the past. [Confidence: Very High]

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Texas reports a case of human avian influenza H5N1; second case in the United States since 202204/01/2024
Texas
Atypical Influenza

Informational update only. Businesses may want to remind their employees to avoid consuming raw milk as it may contain harmful pathogens. Texas reported a human case of avian influenza H5N1, the second case in the US since 2022. The case developed conjunctivitis after contact with dairy ...read morecows presumed to be infected with avian influenza. H5N1 influenza is typically spread between birds (both domestic and wild) and can occasionally spread from birds to other animals and humans, but human-to-human transmission is extremely rare. The type of H5N1 identified in the cattle is the same that has been causing mass die-offs of birds around the world; it is different from the H5N1 that has caused human fatalities in the past. [Confidence: Very High]

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Polio found in sewage samples in additional districts in Pakistan04/01/2024
Pakistan
Polio

Businesses with employees traveling to Pakistan should verify their polio vaccination status before travel. Pakistan reported that sewage samples from Sukkur, Chaman, and Karachi Central have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1. No new human cases of ...read morepolio have been identified since the two prior cases in 2024. Finding poliovirus in sewage samples indicates that an individual(s) is shedding virus, which could pose a transmission risk in the community. Wastewater data helps identify areas at the highest risk for polio spread and should be targeted for vaccination efforts. See PHC alert on Jan 10 for more info. [Confidence: Very High]

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Chicago measles cases rise to 52; first measles case reported in Cook County suburbs03/29/2024
Cook County
Measles

The measles outbreak in Chicago continues to expand. Businesses in Chicago should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Chicago's measles outbreak continues, with 11 new cases since the last report, including the first case in a Cook County suburban resident. The County...read more resident was exposed to measles while at the Pilsen shelter, the epicenter of this outbreak. [Confidence: Very High]

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Canada reports sharp rise in measles cases in the past week03/29/2024
Canada
Measles

The measles outbreak in Canada has worsened. Businesses in Canada should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Travelers to Quebec should ensure they are up to date on their measles vaccination. Canada reported 10 new measles cases during the past week, totaling 36 cases for 2024. Most of the new cases (9) occurred in Quebec. See PHC analysis on Measles in Montreal 3/14 for our early warning. [Confidence: Very High]

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China reports large increase in whooping cough cases03/29/2024
China
Respiratory Disease

Businesses in China should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. China reported a large increase in whooping cough cases, with 32,380 cases identified in Jan and Feb 2024 compared to 1,421 cases in the same period l...read moreast year. Vaccination rates are high in China, with 99% of children immunized. The increase in cases is tied to a return to normal social activity. [Confidence: Very High]

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Spain reports increasing numbers of whooping cough cases03/28/2024
Spain
Respiratory Disease

Businesses in Spain should provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Spain reported increasing numbers of whooping cough cases, with 1,077 cases in the past week. In total, 5,242 whooping cough cases have been identifie...read mored so far this year. About half of the current cases occurred in the Catalonia region. [Confidence: Very High]

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Portugal reports outbreak of Hepatitis A03/28/2024
Portugal
Food- and Waterborne Disease

Flexible work schedules should be made available to employees needing to get themselves or their family members vaccinated. Portugal reported an outbreak of Hepatitis A, with 43 cases occurring in 2024. The outbreak is linked to men who have sex with men. Cases may stay ele...read morevated this spring due to travel and Pride events. The hepatitis A vaccine is over 95% effective in preventing disease in people who have received two shots. A single hepatitis A vaccine can help prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days of exposure. [Confidence: Very High]

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Taiwan reports end of measles outbreak03/27/2024
Taiwan
Measles

Informational update only. Taiwan reported that the measles outbreak that occurred in Feb and early March has ended. The outbreak involved 9 cases, of which 4 were tied to travel. 1,918 contacts were monitored after exposure, but none became ill. [Confidence: Very High]

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Auckland, New Zealand warns travelers of potential mumps exposure03/27/2024
Auckland
Infectious Disease

Businesses in New Zealand should inform employees about the possible mumps exposure and provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Auckland, New Zealand reported a case of mumps in an individual who traveled internationally. The case was on Singapore Airlines flight SQ0529 from Ch...read moreennai (India) to Singapore on March 13 and Singapore Airlines Flight SQ0281 from Singapore to Auckland on March 14. [Confidence: Very High]

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Puerto Rico declares health emergency over high dengue cases03/26/2024
Puerto Rico
Vector-borne Disease

Dengue is endemic in Puerto Rico, but there are more cases than usual during a non-peak time. Businesses in Puerto Rico can support dengue prevention by reducing mosquito populations at their facilities by eliminating standing water. Businesses with employees traveling to Puerto Rico should ensure they understand the off-season risk and prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent. Puerto Rico declared a health emergency due to a high number of dengue cases. So far, 549 cases have been identified, with most cases occurring in San...read more Juan. Dengue occurs all year in Puerto Rico, but is highest during the summer rainy season between June - Nov. The higher rates are believed to be due to higher humidity & rainfall than usual this winter. [Confidence: Very High]

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Avian flu detected in milk of dairy cows for the first time03/26/2024
United States of America
Atypical Influenza

For information only. This first detection of avian influenza in the milk of dairy cows has received media attention, but the risk to humans remains low. Milk from ill cows does not enter the food supply chain and pasteurization kills viruses like avian flu. Consumers should avoid drinking raw milk. For the first time, avian flu was detected in the unpasteurized milk of dairy cows in Texas and Kansas. Multiple government agencies are investigating...read more sick herds in Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico. The cows were believed to be exposed to sick birds. [Confidence: Very High]

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Vietnam reports first human death from H5N1 avian influenza since 2022 03/25/2024
Vietnam
Atypical Influenza

Businesses with employees in or traveling to Vietnam should advise them to avoid live-animal markets and not have contact with or consume diseased poultry. Vietnam has reported a human death from H5N1 avian influenza; this is only Vietnam's second case since 2014. The individual had a history of exposure ...read moreto wild birds. H5N1 influenza is typically spread between birds (both domestic and wild) and can occasionally spread from birds to humans, but human-to-human transmission is extremely rare. Viral mutations could increase the potential for human-to-human transmission. [Confidence: Very High]

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Nassau County, NY reports measles case in an unvaccinated child; first case in 202403/25/2024
Nassau County
Measles

Businesses in Nassau County, NY should share the measles exposure information with employees and provide flexible work schedules to support employees making vaccine appointments for themselves or family members. Nassau County, NY reported a first case of measles in 2024 in an unvaccinated child. This marks New York State's third case and the first outside of N...read moreYC in 2024. Officials are notifying everyone who was in the Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park from 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, that they may have been exposed. PHC will monitor the situation and report updates as needed. [Confidence: Very High]

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Dave Komendat retired as the Vice President and Chief Security Officer for The Boeing Company, a role he held for 14 years of his 36 years within the security profession. Komendat was responsible for the company’s global security and fire protection policy and procedures, site security, executive protection, supply chain and aviation security, structural and aircraft fire protection, government and proprietary information security, classified cyber security, strategic intelligence, international security, business continuity and disaster preparedness, Global Security Operations Center, and security background investigations.

 

Komendat was also the lead Boeing interface for both national and international security policy engagement with numerous government and industry advisory groups. He represented Boeing as past co-chairman and current board member on the Domestic Security Alliance Council, past President of The International Security Management Association and served as a member of the Threats and Information Committee for the Overseas Security Advisory Council.  

 

Komendat is the founder and President of DSKomendat Risk Management Services, he also serves on several company advisory boards and holds board leadership roles with several non-profit organizations whose missions are to protect people globally, including Hostage U.S. and The International Security Foundation. Dave is also a Strategic Engagement Advisor for the Office of Private Sector within the FBI. In 2018, Dave was awarded the Director’s Award for Exceptional Public Service by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

 

Komendat graduated from California State University at Long Beach and also attended and completed the executive development program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Carter Mecher serves as the Medical Advisor for the Public Health Company. 

 

Prior to joining PHC, Carter served as a Senior Medical Advisor for the Office of Public Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this position, Dr. Mecher played a key role in the COVID-19 outbreak response. 

 

From 2005 to 2011, he served as the Director of Medical Preparedness Policy at the White House Homeland Security Council and National Security Staff. He was a principal author of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan. In this capacity, he helped set policy and devise strategies to mitigate the consequences of a pandemic and promote pandemic preparedness. 

 

Before serving at the White House, Dr. Mecher was the Chief Medical Officer for the Southeast VA Network in Atlanta from 1996 to 2005. In this role he oversaw the healthcare delivery for veterans in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. 

 

Dr. Mecher is a co-author of Lessons from the COVID War, an in-depth examination of the U.S. response to the pandemic. In addition, he is featured in Michael Lewis’ book The Premonition.

 

Dr. Mecher received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in critical care medicine at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Dr. Joe DeRisi is a Scientific Advisor to PHC. He is one of the early pioneers of DNA microarray technology and whole genome expression profiling; he is nationally recognized in the field of genomic epidemiology for designing a first-of-its-kind initiative for COVID-19. Joe currently serves as Co-President of Chan Zuckerberg BioHub and is a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of California, San Francisco. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford University.

Dr. Sumiko Mekaru is the Vice President of Research and Innovation at The Public Health Company. Dr. Mekaru is an epidemiologist operating at the intersection of traditional epidemiology and technology and leading cross-disciplinary teams to solve challenges in public health. Prior to joining PHC, Dr. Mekaru was a Life Sciences Strategy, Policy, and Operations Expert at Booz Allen Hamilton where she recently led the development of COVID-19 forecasting models for disease transmission, resource utilization, and critical events for the Department of Defense. Dr. Mekaru has also led health technology teams at Epidemico and Boston Children’s Hospital, creating innovative health surveillance tools. She has published extensively on infectious disease outbreak monitoring, modeling, and surveillance. Dr. Mekaru holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and a PhD in epidemiology from Boston University.

Justin McIntosh is an experienced professional with 10+ years in management and 8+ years in software engineering. Currently, he is the Vice President of Operations at The Public Health Company. His journey began in college when he co-founded Safe Site, a utility services company, which expanded to operations in three states with over 300 employees. After a successful exit, he founded Docusite, a construction risk management application, diving into software engineering. Despite challenges with Docusite, Justin’s passion for technology led him to various roles before landing at The Public Health Company.

 

In his current role, Justin is tackling the challenging task of improving operations in a remote environment. He is dedicated to his role and is always open to sharing experiences and insights. He is committed to nurturing effective teams, improving operations, and shaping innovative solutions. His focus is on creating a positive, growth-oriented environment and mentoring emerging leaders, reflecting his commitment to collective success.

Lori Sutton is the Vice President of Marketing at The Public Health Company. She is a strategic marketing visionary and global brand leader with 20+ years of progressive experience in B2B/B2C SaaS software marketing in large enterprise and SMB markets. She has expertise in leading strategy development, overhauling brands, launching products and driving growth in target verticals. Prior to joining PHC, Lori was the Vice President of Marketing and Growth at SMS-Magic, where she led the global GTM strategy, orchestrated a brand overhaul, developed new messaging and positioning and launched revenue generating campaigns. Lori held marketing and management roles at Model N, Bullet Point Network, Saba and other SaaS software companies where she focused on marketing strategy, business objectives and analytics to drive revenue.

Lori holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an Executive Education in Corporate Strategy at Harvard Business School and continues coursework at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Craig Katsuyama is the Vice President of Administrative Services at PHC. He brings extensive experience building companies from the ground up and was instrumental to the launch of IEX Group in 2012, which challenged the status quo of financial markets and created an entirely new stock exchange that works for all investors. Craig spent the last eight years at IEX where he built and oversaw the accounting and finance teams before transitioning to help establish IEX’s Event Stream business, a data messaging platform that applies IEX’s core technology to areas outside of finance. Craig graduated from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics.

Dr. David Fisk is the Chief Medical Officer at The Public Health Company. Prior to joining PHC, Dr. Fisk served as an Infectious Disease Specialist at Sansum Clinic.  He serves as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Cottage Health, leading the infection control team at Cottage, working with physicians and hospital leaders on the COVID Incident Command Center to ensure the highest level of preparation and care for patients. In early March 2020, before the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Santa Barbara County, Dr. Fisk advised that the virus was already spreading locally before community members were observing symptoms.

 

Dr. Fisk completed his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at University of Michigan Medical Center. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Chris Latko is the Chief Technology Officer at PHC. He joined as a Principal Software Architect where he played a key role in building out the platform. He has over 25 years experience in the technology sector holding positions at companies he started, Fortune 500 companies, and a multitude of startups both in the United States and Japan. He has spent the last decade designing, refining, and reimplementing architectures for hypergrowth startups such as Boxfish, Paxata (acquired by DataRobot), Banjo, and Globality. Chris earned two patents for designing a streaming data ingestion/data normalization platform.

Kendall Burman serves as PHC’s General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining PHC, Burman held leadership roles at Alloy, a data and technology start-up for the progressive political market. Burman previously served as the Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives at the Department of Commerce and as Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the President in the Obama Administration. She was also a counsel in the cybersecurity and data privacy practice at Mayer Brown and served as Chief Staff Counsel for President Obama’s 2008 campaign.

 

Burman is a graduate of Bowdoin College and received her J.D. from the University of Chicago where she was an editor of the law review. She was also was a fellow at both the New America Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Dr. Charity Dean is the CEO, Founder and Chairman of The Public Health Company, a venture-backed Silicon Valley technology startup. 

 

In August 2020 Dr. Dean founded PHC, envisioning a commercial-grade global biosecurity platform to empower enterprises to manage biorisk at scale. Dr. Dean’s obsession with building a new solution was born out of 24 years in public health and the recognition that Silicon Valley innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning could birth this entirely new capability. Two years later PHC PharosTM is a game-changer for numerous businesses providing real-time, dynamic risk management across their global footprint and assets. 

 

Dr. Dean founded PHC having served as the Assistant Director for the California Department of Public Health where she was part of the executive team under Governor Newsom running the COVID-19 pandemic response. She co-founded and co-chaired California’s COVID-19 Testing Task Force and under her leadership, California went from ranking last in the nation for testing to first in three months. In 2019, Dr. Dean served as Acting State Public Health Officer overseeing 4,300 staff with an annual operating budget of $3.5 billion. 

 

Before her move to statewide office, she served as the Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County and oversaw a myriad of disease outbreaks and biological threats; she also served as attending physician for TB, HIV, and homeless medicine at the Santa Barbara Health Care Centers. 

 

Dr. Dean was awarded Physician of the Year in 2018 by the Central Coast Medical Association and honored as one of the Women of the Year by the California State Legislature.

 

Dr. Dean is a co-author of Lessons from the COVID War. Her work during the pandemic is the focus of Michael Lewis’ book The Premonition. Dr. Dean has shared her insights about the danger of biological threats and the changes we must make before the next crisis in a number of interviews and podcasts.

 

Dr. Dean holds a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Oregon State University.

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