Category Archives: Emerging pathogens

Uh-oh

Remember I told you that we were going to see more of NDM-1 in the US soon? The poster’s first response was to advise not to travel outside of the US. I am going to politely disagree. I think NDM-1 … Continue reading

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Can a virus be the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome?

The answer to that is: Yes. No. Maybe. Research posted in PNAS last week identifies a family of retroviruses that may be involved in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  The new research identifies viral DNA in patient samples: 32 of 37 … Continue reading

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Not the salmonella outbreak you are thinking of

Yes, there has been a recall  of Salmonella-tainted eggs (half a billion eggs and counting) that have sickened almost 2000 individuals. The eggs were produced in what seems to be a Mega Chicken Coop created from rows of windowless factory … Continue reading

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Ground beef and O157:H7

One million pounds of ground beef are being recalled due potential contamination with  E. coli O157:H7. Approximately, 7 people have fallen ill so far. The reason why ground beef is so problematic is that people do not fully cook their ground … Continue reading

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Very scary stuff

Are we creating monsters in real life? I think so. However, we seem to be fairly oblivious to the fact that they are out there and becoming more dangerous. Last week we discussed the dramatically higher incidence of VRE in … Continue reading

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Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci on the Rise?

Enterococci are normal gut flora that are found in most humans. The two major species that  live in and effect humans are Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium (the species name gives you some idea of where and how they are distributed as well). … Continue reading

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Meningitis: viral versus bacterial

There are recent  reports out about an outbreak of meningitis in a school district in Oklahoma. Why this hasn’t made national news is that the infections have been verified to be viral meningitis. Viral meningitis (also called aseptic meningitis ) is … Continue reading

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Attack of the Superbugs- Gram negatives

You know it is bad when even the New York Times is discussing antibiotic resistance. How bad is it? From this NYTs report, it appears that gram negative organisms are vying to replace MRSA (a gram positive bacteria) on the list … Continue reading

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