Category Archives: Epidemics and Epidemiology

700 ill with food poisoning in Mexico

Two words. Egg tacos. CNN is reporting more that 700 people attending a political rally in Mexico have come down with symptoms. No specific food item has been identified but one person indicated egg tacos. With the rapidity of the¬†onset … Continue reading

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Quick Post on Totally Drug-Resistant TB

I saw and discussed TDR-TB in a previous post, but wanted to point out the major take home message from the Indian Express news article describing it: An audit of the patients’ prescriptions showed that 3 of the 1st 4 … Continue reading

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Avian flu transmission…not a problem…yet.

In class the other day, we were discussing how viruses are obligate intracellular pathogens. This means that in order to be able to replicate, the virus HAS to express¬†a viral spike that interacts with a cell’s surface receptor. This binding … Continue reading

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Let’s follow the tracks…

They are bracing for a possible outbreak of measles in Queensland, Australia. Why? A man walked into a hospital in Brisbane on Wednesday the 26th with symptoms of measles. Symptoms of measles from the CDC: Measles causes fever, runny nose, … Continue reading

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Cholera hits the US

First of all: Do. Not. Panic. Yes, the first US case of cholera that originated from the Haitian outbreak has been identified. As for epidemics occurring in the US, understanding how cholera is transmitted is important to the epidemiology of … Continue reading

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