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CDC: Swine Flu & You

Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the pa... Read More

In Mexico City, The Infection Is Fear

Journalist and blogger Daniel Hernandez talks about the mindset of people in Mexico City during the swine flu outbreak. Often scientists and researchers skip over the psychological impact of infectious disease. It's an important factor in my opinion and I think this piece highlights the conseque... Read More

New study challenges decades-old assumptions about how immune cells kill bacteria

For decades, microbiologists assumed that macrophages, immune cells that can engulf and poison bacteria and other pathogens, killed microbes by damaging their DNA. A new study from the University of Illinois disproves that.

The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that macrophages ... Read More

Mexico closes schools nationwide due to swine flu

Mexico canceled school nationwide Monday and warned the death toll from a swine flu epidemic believed to have killed 149 people would keep rising before it can be contained.

Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said 20 of the deaths have been confirmed to be from swine flu and the government w... Read More

Early diagnosis is essential in Buruli ulcer treatment

WHO experts say early diagnosis of Buruli ulcer is essential to prevent disability & disfigurement. "Buruli ulcer is caused by infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans, which is from the same bacteria family responsible for tuberculosis and leprosy. It leads to severe damage of skin and soft tissue... Read More

Landfill Cover Soil Methane Oxidation Underestimated

A recent article published in the Journal of Environmental Quality examines the effectiveness of utilizing cover soil as a way to reduce methane emissions from landfills. The study suggests that the fraction of methane oxidized by the soil, a process which allows soil bacteria to consume the gre... Read More

Follow the Pigs! - Swine Flu, Factory Farms, Mapping and Public Health

Janet Ginsburg at TrackerNews.com has a great read on the recent evolution/mutation of swine flu and public health dilemmas from a one health perspective. Read More

Local Economic Impact of Swine Flu in Mexico City

Freelance reporter Deborah Bonello looks at the impact swine flu is having on the local economy in Mexico City. To visit her site for the full story go to http://www.mexicoreporter.com/?p=2080. This video is in English. Read More

Food Safety Music Video

Dr. Carl Winter at the Univ. of California, Davis wrote this amusing music parody in the name of food safety. Enjoy! Read More

Health Alert Map Mash-up with Infectious Disease

This is a really cool Google Maps mash up that geo-locates breaking health news on a map. You can sort by official government announcements, news wires, infectious disease types, zoom to countries, local areas and more. Great for looking at Swine Flu reporting as it happens. Read More

FDA warns of salmonella in sprouts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told people on Sunday not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts, saying they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The contamination appears to be in seeds so washing the sprouts may not help, the FDA said in a state... Read More

Swine Flu Update from Mexico - 100+ Deaths and Economic Impact

Bloomberg News via YouTube - news report from mexico City early this morning, April 27, 2009 Read More

UK on Swine Flu Alert

The UK is on alert as WHO has warned countries to look out for unusual flu cases after a deadly outbreak of swine influenza. Read More

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Pig Waste

Researchers at Birmingham and Warwick University have discovered a link between the antibiotics used to treat farm animals - in particular pigs - and the spread drug resistance bacteria in the soil.

In the recently published study 'Is pollution driving antibiotic resistance?' published in the... Read More

TWiV 29 - Swine Flu Returns




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The Season Of Ticks: Could Climate Change Worsen Lyme Disease?

In a finding that suggests how global warming could impact infectious disease, scientists from Yale University, in collaboration with other institutions, have determined that climate impacts the severity of Lyme Disease by influencing the feeding patterns of deer ticks that carry and transmit it... Read More

New Biosensor For Most Serious Form Of Listeria Food Poisoning Bacteria

Scientists in Indiana are reporting development of a new biosensor for use in a faster, more sensitive test for detecting the deadliest strain of Listeria food poisoning bacteria. That microbe causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations each year in the United States, particularl... Read More

Twitter is great for watching uninformed panics unfold live

This is a pretty funny web comic from xkcd on misinformed tweets about the swine flu outbreak. Read More

Texas Senate wants meningitis vaccination for freshmen Starting 2010

Texas senators have passed a bill that would require incoming college freshmen in the state to be vaccinated for meningitis. Since 2002 53 people in Texas have died due to meningitis. Read More

U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

Responding to what some health officials feared could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, American health officials declared a public health emergency on Sunday as 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed in this country, including eight in New York City.

Other nation... Read More

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