Category Archives: Public Health

Man’s–And Clostridium difficile’s–Best Friend

This is disturbing (boldface mine; added line breaks for clarity): Nosocomial acquisition of Clostridium difficile is well documented, yet recent studies have highlighted the importance of community acquired infections and identified community associated reservoirs for this pathogen. Multiple studies have … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, Public Health | 2 Comments

Resistant Bacteria, Possibly Much Deadlier Than We Thought

Or as we often say around here, you have to understand the limitations of your data–in this case, hospital records (boldface mine): Sharley McMullen of Manhattan Beach came down with a fever just hours after being wheeled out of a … Continue reading

Posted in KPC, Public Health

Prospective Bacterial Genomic Surveillance

One of the things the evul federal gummint is gearing up to every food borne bacterial disease isolate that is sent to either the CDC or public health labs in what is known as the GenomeTrakr Network (I’ve heard this … Continue reading

Posted in E. coli, Food, Genomics, Public Health

Speed Kills

And I’m not talking about meth. Edward Humes has some pretty radical ideas for dealing with the U.S.’s out-of-control vehicle killings (boldface mine): In terms of public health, the National Safety Council’s data on car crashes showed that in 2015, … Continue reading

Posted in Public Health, Transportation | 6 Comments

On Public Health, The Choice Is Clear

It’s Clinton. When asked by Science Debate about public health, here’s what Clinton had to say (boldface mine): America has witnessed enormous successes with some of its major public health initiatives, such as smoking cessation and water fluoridation. Yet, we … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Public Health | 2 Comments

Sick Leave Lowers Flu Transmission: Lessons From D.C.

I’ve discussed many, many, many times how stupid it is to oppose sick leave policies. After all, do you really want someone who is sick handling your food? (Answer: no). A recent working paper appears to back up that claim. … Continue reading

Posted in Influenza, Public Health

It Sucks To Be This Patient: The Seven CPO Edition

It really does for this New Zealand (‘NZ’) patient (boldface mine): Here, we report the isolation of seven distinct CPO [carbapenemase producing organisms–resistant to the last line beta-lactam antibiotics], together with an ESBL-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Proteus mirabilis with an … Continue reading

Posted in Antibiotics, KPC, NDM-1, Plasmids, Public Health, We're Really Fucked