Category Archives: CDC

The Biggest Problem Our Public Health System Faces Is That It’s Not A System

I’ve made this point many times, but with the possibility of Zika virus transmission due to inadequate control and the political consequences thereof, it probably bears repeating (boldface mine): But there are huge disparities in readiness on the front lines … Continue reading

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An Atlas Of Antibiotic Resistance

So the CDC released an Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas. Details are here, while the interactive site is here. A good introduction can be found here. I didn’t realize D.C. had such a high percentage of CRE infections. By the … Continue reading

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Sleep, Income, and Race

One of those things that affects all facets of health–and yet is woefully underemphasized in popular culture–is sleep. But don’t trust me, listen to the CDC: To promote optimal health and well-being, adults aged 18–60 years are recommended to sleep … Continue reading

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Zika, Rubella, and the Procedure That Shall Not Be Named

By way of Scary Disease Lady (aka ‘Maryn McKenna’), we come across the CDC’s recommendations for pregnant women who might have been exposed to the Zika virus, which has been linked to a twenty-fold increase in microcephaly. This is the … Continue reading

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The 100 Percent Fallacy and the Costs of Our Ebola Panic

Paul Waldman makes an excellent point about our Ebola hysteria–and it is a panic (boldface mine): But Murphy is right in that Ebola is producing some of the same insane overreactions that terrorism did and continues to do. That “We … Continue reading

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Looking Back at the Post-Gerbeding CDC

In 2009, Dr. Richard Besser, an infectious disease specialist at the CDC, was made acting director after Dr. Julie Gerberding (who wasn’t very good) left. I was one of the few people who thought he would have made a good … Continue reading

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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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