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TWiP 30 Letters

Jim writes:

How about using compost that includes road kill? I heard a billion pounds of animal byproducts go to landfills rather than into animal feed to prevent spread of mad cow disease. Compost that, too?

Virginia may compost roadkill

Boosters say it could save money and help the environment

By Cory Nealon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 21 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

The Virginia Department of Transportation is considering composting roadkill, a move boosters say will save money and improve the environment.

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Peter writes:

Cutaneous leishmaniasis

Whilst perusing NEJM

Open access.

hookworm, cutaneous larva migrans

chronic schistosomiasis

Colleen writes:


My questions is: can a traveler to a South American country acquire a bacterial infection that lies dormant after an initial presentation of high fever, headache and GI disturbance, with recurrence of bowel issues months later? Are there bacteria that can lie dormant for months and have recurrence of acute symptoms?



Scott writes:

I can't be the first one to think of "Another TWIP is hosted", can I? Keep up the good work.


Ben writes: (subject: an odd thing about texas)

Dear sirs:

Recently there has been an explosion of "stumbling poultry disease" in my neighborhood in south Texas, it abounded after all the nearby gineaus (however its spelled) died of it and stopped eating all the ticks.

This makes me think it is Babeecia (I hope I spelled it right) but one of neighbors thinks it might be a worm. Would this classify as a parasite? Have you ever heard of anything like this before?



Beware the man with a gun for he knows how to use it


Pps: you don't have to read this on the podcast, but I don't mind being read

Benjamin writes:

Hello again sirs:

I am the one who wrote you about stumbling poultry disease.

Two things: on T gondii, Vince asked Dr Despommier a how question about toxo, to which Dr Despommier said something to the effect of: "Vince, I believe in creationism" I resemble that remark, and would politely ask you to refrain from doing so again, at least as a joke.

Second, on TWiP 19 Dr Despommier mentioned that some kids have pica. It's pronounced PEE-kah not PI-kah. Pika is a small rodent that lives in south America.

Benjamin writes:

Hello again sirs:

I just was listening to TWiP 15, so I no don't feel guilty for sending you so many emails.
Two more things: on the end of TWiP 18, Vince randomly says "your narration is impeccable" have you fixed this? maybe it was just an editing glitch, it just disturbs me late at night when I have trouble sleeping.
Number two: what happened to the just released TWiM? Was it removed? My collection is mismatched, so by logic, it was removed at the turn of the year.

Greetings from south Texas, the home of the golden-cheeked warbler

Ps: Dick's volume keeps me on my toes trying to hear/keep from hurting my ears, something to look into.

Ivan writes:

Hello Professors Vincent and Dickson,

I am writing from Cozumel the island on the Caribbean and I found your podcast of Strongyloides stercolaris what I think is great. I was looking for data and pictures of different parasites and I would like to know if you can help me identificating the species of this parasite that I start seeing very often in my practice I think is an Ancylostoma caninum but I am not sure. I would appreciate your help.

I attached the files with the pictures, excuse me for the quality of the images but the camera in the microscope does not aloud me to take better pictures

Thank you in advance.

MVZ Cert. Iván

[see the TWiP 30 show notes for the images]

Liam writes:

Dear Vincent and Dick,

Thank you both for reigniting my interest in these fascinating organisms. I am a medical student from Western Australia with a particular interest in infectious diseases although our clinical teaching seems mostly oriented around bacteria, viruses and the occasional fungus. I have only recently discovered these podcasts but have found them immensely educational and entertaining. If I might offer a suggestion for a future episode you seem to have avoided the free-living neurotropic amoebae such as Naegleria, Acanthamoeba and Balamuthia in your episodes about protozoa. While they might be considered opportunists rather than parasites, Naegleria in particular causes one of the deadliest eukaryotic infections and I would be very interested if you could offer some further insights.




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