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October 24, 2014

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2:21 PM | COCA Call: Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9244   With a second imported case of Ebola now in a New York hospital, and the potential for seeing more cases arrive in the coming months, the COCA Call held earlier this week on the clinical management of Ebola patients comes at an opportune time.   Primarily of interest to clinicians, the CDC holds frequent COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls which are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for […]
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2:20 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Randy Woodson
When I learned that North Carolina State University had a scientist as our Chancellor I made it my personal goal to tell his middle school story. Finally, after a year of conducting Before They Were Scientists interviews, I had my chance. I recently sat down with Chancellor Randy Woodson in his office overlooking the iconic NCSU Bell Tower. He started our conversation by opening a three-ring-binder and flipping through the exhaustive list of questions I had sent the week before to help him […]
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11:55 AM | Ebola virus arrives in New York City
This morning I received this email from President Lee Bollinger: Dear fellow members of the Columbia community: As you may have seen in the media, Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Spencer, an emergency department physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, recently returned from a humanitarian mission […]
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10:50 AM | MSF Protocols For Volunteers Returning From Ebola Stricken Nations
MSF health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward. Credit CDC Ebola Webpage   # 9243   Even though we are just beginning to learn the details about New York City’s Ebola case – that of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) volunteer doctor recently returned from Guinea – already the media are attempting to dissect his movements (see WPIX report NYC doctor rode subway before testing positive for Ebola at Bellevue) over […]
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9:08 AM | Let’s get things in perspective
Malaria kills thousands of times more people than Ebola virus each year. Continue reading →
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8:05 AM | And so it goes: at least 6 sick from Salmonella in frozen chicken thingies in Minn
State health and agriculture officials said today that six recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken … Continue reading →
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7:27 AM | Still in McMurdo
Weather has not been too kind to us this field season.  We were supposed to leave McMurdo for Lake Joyce this past Wednesday, and our most recent estimate for departure is Monday.  This may not seem like too much time, but it is already over 10% of our total planned time out at Lake Joyce.Mostly, the issues come from wind and blowing snow.  Weather conditions at McMurdo are categorized into three conditions based on wind speed, wind chill, and visibility:Condition indicator on […]
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4:45 AM | CDC Statement: Ebola Case Tests Positive In NYC
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9242   A not altogether unexpected statement this evening, given the media reports of this Healthcare Workers symptoms and recent work in Ebola stricken Guinea, but this evening the CDC has announced that local testing indicates he has been infected with the Ebola virus.   Confirmatory testing should come from the CDC in the coming hours, but there seems little doubt in the matter. The epidemiological investigation is already underway, […]
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3:28 AM | Who knew the Sergeant-at-Arms actually had a gun? In Canada?
I spoke with my mother today, and she didn’t know; I spoke with Chapman, and he didn’t know; I didn’t know but I do know that to enter buildings at Kansas State University, I’m told by a sign with the … Continue reading →

October 23, 2014

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9:45 PM | Reuters: Mali Reports 1st Confirmed Ebola Case
  # 9241   Although this case has been on the radar for a couple of days (see FluTrackers thread), according to Reuters Mali’s Health Minister has confirmed that country’s first case of Ebola.   First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali - health minister Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:32pm GMT BAMAKO Oct 23 (Reuters) - Mali said on Thursday it had detected its first confirmed case of Ebola, making it the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst […]
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8:23 PM | Basic Primer Design Tutorial
The following tutorial was created by the University of Glasgow to explain PCR primer design. The tutorial is very thorough and is a great video for students who are at the early stages of learning how to perform PCR. Tweet This Post
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7:56 PM | NYC Health Dept Statement On Symptomatic HCW From Guinea
  UPDATED:  Added a statement from Doctors without Borders (MSF).  16:50 hrs EDT   # 9240   Normally I don’t report on suspected cases of Ebola since most will turn out to be false alarms, but since it is already all over the media, and the New York City Department of Health has issued a statement, I’ve reproduced it here.   Statement on Patient at Bellevue Hospital October 23rd, 3:05 pm Today, EMS HAZ TAC Units […]
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7:00 PM | WHO: Locally Acquired Chikungunya In France
Credit ECDC – Aedes Albopictus (Red & Yellow regions)   # 9239   Although it isn’t the first time that local transmission of the Chikungunya virus has been reported in Europe, today’s World Health Organization DON (Disease Outbreak News) report of autochthonous transmission of this mosquito-borne virus Southeastern France is still noteworthy.    Chikungunya – until 2005 – was an obscure virus pretty much limited to causing […]
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6:03 PM | Could Reston virus be a vaccine for Ebola virus?
I have received many questions about whether immunizing with Reston virus could protect against infection with Ebola virus. Usually the question comes together with the statement ‘because Reston virus does not cause disease in humans’. I can think of two reasons why a Reston virus vaccine is not a good idea. There have been very few […]
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2:14 PM | ECDC: Management Of Contacts Of Ebola Virus Disease Cases In The EU
  # 9339   One of the `moving targets’ in the global public health response to Ebola has been what constitutes a `low risk exposure’ vs.  a `high risk exposure’, and what kind of monitoring, or movement restrictions, are appropriate.     Previously, we’ve looked at the CDC’s original guidance (see CDC Issues New Ebola Case Definitions)  along with some of updates (see CDC Updated Interim Guidance On Ebola) over […]
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1:34 PM | WHO Statement On 3rd Meeting Of IHR Emergency Committee On Ebola
Credit WHO Ebola Roadmap #7   # 9238   Yesterday the World Health Organization’s IHR Emergency Committee met to discuss the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa.     Today the WHO issued the following statement, which – among other things – reiterates their opposition to any general ban on international travel or trade with the affected nations, and calls for continued and strengthened exit screening travelers leaving the affected […]
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1:13 PM | Microbiology Book for Kids: It's Catching by Jennifer Gardy and Josh Holinaty
A few days ago I wrote about how I wanted to share some information about what I have found to be good childrens' science books (based on reading books to my kids).  Well, here is another one: It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy and Josh Holinaty. I first became aware of Jennifer Gardy's talents in making catchy microbe-themed kids material when she released the Youtube video "The A-Z of Epidemiology: germs from Anthrax to Zoonoses. A disturbing […]
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12:32 PM | Avian H10N7 Linked To Dead European Seals
    # 9237   In 2011 a die off of seals in New England made headlines, which was eventually linked to an avian flu virus (see New England Seal Deaths Tied to H3N8 Flu Virus).  While not a new revelation that seals were susceptible to influenza viruses, this did raise concerns as in 2012, in mBio: A Mammalian Adapted H3N8 In Seals, we saw the first hints that this virus had recently adapted to bind to alpha 2,6 receptor cells, the type found in the human upper respiratory […]
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11:00 AM | Talmudic Question #114
The year is 2124. Thanks to new improvements in teleportation, the Intergalactic Research Institute has gathered 1000 biological samples from each of 1000 habitable planets in 1000 galaxies. The samples were analyzed with new model Instant Analyzers capable of determining the nucleotide sequence bases (to use old quaint terminology) of…
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10:44 AM | Qatar SCH Statement On 2nd Recent MERS Case
Qatar’s proximity to Saudi Arabia     # 9236   On October 12th Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) announced the evacuation from Saudi Arabia of a 71 year-old Qatari citizen who had contracted the MERS-CoV infection (see KUNA: Qatar Announces MERS Case).   Today the SCH reported a second case for 2014, and despite  its length, it doesn’t tell us very much about the patient, or how the patient might have contracted the virus, although […]
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2:25 AM | A touching tribute from U.S. hockey
South of the border wouldn’t quite make sense living in Australia. But this was fairly classy for a bunch of hockey folks. And we’re building the game in Australia.
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12:18 AM | North Carolina firm recalls Serrano peppers
A 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak initially thought to be solely tomatoes was eventually linked to  a couple of types of peppers. According to a 2011 paper published by the investigation team  raw tomato-containing dishes (like salsa) were linked to three clusters … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

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11:59 PM | Chef at New Jersey restaurant who spit into patron’s food fired
A chef at Kennedy’s Pub who allegedly spit into a meal that a man sent back for additional cooking was fired immediately after the incident occurred, according to a report. Mount Olive police responded to the Route 46 restaurant on … Continue reading →
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11:46 PM | Wash hands, sick (and non-sick?) workers stay home: 278 sickened in Norovirus outbreak at Shanghai boarding school, 2012
Researchers conclude in BMC Public Health that this Norovirus outbreak could be limited by good hygiene, daily disinfection and “excluding asymptomatic food handlers from food preparation.” I’m not sure how that would work, but based on fecal swabs, nine were … Continue reading →
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9:22 PM | More demand for restaurant inspection info
From San Jose to South Australia, locals are adopting restaurant inspection disclosure or grading programs to inform diners of recent ratings. Beginning in Jan. 2016, San Jose restaurants will adopt the Toronto-like green-yellow-red display system. In the state of South … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | CDC Statement On Post-Arrival Monitoring Of Travelers From Ebola Impacted Countries
    # 9235   I wasn’t able to listen into today’s CDC press conference, but we have a short press release describing a new system – scheduled to go into effect next week – to actively monitor arrivals from Ebola affected nations for up to 21 days after they enter this country.   CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check […]
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5:48 PM | Advanced Topics in Cell Sorting
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5:06 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap # 9 – Oct 22nd
  # 9234   The World Health Organization has released their 9th update to their Ebola Response Roadmap, indicating that the total number of cases is now just shy of 10,000 infections.  There are, of course, significant gaps in surveillance and reporting, and so these numbers are likely to be a substantial undercount.   Below I’ve posted some excerpts from the 12-page PDF report.  Follow the link to read the report in its entirety.   SUMMARY […]
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4:49 PM | The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future
Umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years, but a crouwdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is looking to change that. The Air Umbrella is a real”invisible umbrella”, which takes advantage of the air flow it produces as shelter from…The post The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future appeared first on Just Science.
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4:49 PM | Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear
Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear. Though it’s probably something that most people are unfamiliar with, he was named after the real Christopher Robin’s (that’s right, there was a real life Christopher Robin)  teddy bear . But surprisingly,…The post Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear appeared first on Just Science.
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