Category Archives: Viruses

No One Could Have Predicted Closing a Needle Exchange Would Cause a Hepatitis C Outbreak

Actually, everyone would have predicted this (boldface mine): A new case of hepatitis C was reported nearly every eight hours in Kanawha County [West Virginia] last year. The number of men and women diagnosed in 2018 with the infectious disease … Continue reading

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A Question About Colds (Freep This Poll)

While we’ve had a very bad influenza season, from my admittedly limited view, it seems, in D.C. anyway, we’ve had a very good year for cold viruses (for us humans). Usually, by this time of year, I’ve had a couple … Continue reading

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Is The Plural Of Bacteriophage, A “Vile”?

There’s an interesting Vice article about bacteriophage (viruses that infect bacteria) and their potential usefulness in killing bacteria. But this photo caption cracked me up: It’s vial, not “vile.” Though that would be a great name for the plural of … Continue reading

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If I Were A Rich Crazy Person I Would Massively Fund This

Unfortunately, I’m a not-rich crazy person (boldface mine): For everything that virologists have learned about rhinoviruses — the cause of the majority of colds — they have not invented a vaccine for them. In 2013, Moore wondered if he could … Continue reading

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Zika Is The New Rubella

Since the Zika outbreaks first began, I’ve argued that Zika virus will change attitudes towards abortion just as rubella (the ‘R’ in the MMR vaccine) did. Here’s some recent polling data (boldface mine): Americans’ strong aversion to late-term abortions drops … Continue reading

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Norovirus, The GOP, And Public Health Policy, Oh My!

Admittedly, the norovirus outbreak at the Republican National Convention has led to all sorts of ‘shitshow’ jokes, but there really are policy and political angles to this. As we’ve noted many, many, many, many times, the greatest norovirus vector–in English, … Continue reading

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The Unlovely Necessity of Public Health Spending

Public health efforts face a very difficult problem: they’re like car insurance. You hate paying it…until you get into an accident, then you’re really glad you have it. With that for prelude, we bring you this story about mosquito control–a … Continue reading

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