Category Archives: CDC

The Weakest Link in Any Secure System Is a Human: The CDC-Influenza Edition

As you might expect, the CDC released its report on how its influenza lab managed to accidentally ship an influenza sample contaminated with avian influenza late in the day on an August Friday. Shocking, I know (and pdf format makes … Continue reading

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BL-3 and BL-4: Mistakes Will Always Be Made

The difference between smart students and not-so-smart students is that the not-so-smart students will screw up in predictable ways, while the smart ones will screw up in completely novel and unexpected ways (of course, we never screwed anything up…). With … Continue reading

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When Epidemiology Conflicts With Rapid Diagnosis: Whither/Wither Clinical Genomics?

What Scary Disease Lady (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’) wrote a couple of weeks ago about the clinical shift from culturing microorganisms to rapid diagnosis that removes the need to grow the disease-causing critter is very important (boldface mine): To get diagnoses … Continue reading

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What Really Worries Me About the Salmonella-Chicken Outbreak

In the midst of all of the Republican debt ceiling/government shutdown lunacy, one of the casualties has been the CDC’s inability to respond to a Salmonella outbreak that has currently sickened hundreds of people in twenty states and territories throughout … Continue reading

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So the CDC Wants to Get Into the Genomics Bidness

Last week, CDC director Thomas Frieden gave an interview where he asked for $40 million to set up a genomics center at the CDC, since the CDC currently has no sequencing capability (though, as you’ll will, Frieden seems confused about … Continue reading

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Hospital Infection and Profit

No, this is not the name of a new microbiology journal. Instead, it is one reason why hospital-acquired infections (‘HAI’) in the U.S., compared to many other countries, have not decreased. According to a Clostridium difficile (‘C diff’) expert at … Continue reading

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WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! Norovirus and Food Handling

Because I haven’t beaten that drum in a while. Carl Zimmer, drawing on this CDC report, gives us several tips on how to lessen your chances of getting norovirus (aka winter vomiting disease–trust me, it’s as fun as it sounds): … Continue reading

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