links for 2010-04-02
There is a proposal to establish a National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC. Which sounds really exciting. I mean, wouldn't you want to know something about all of the varied types of work that they do down there? Well, the Center's already established a blog to do just that. Called Public Health Matters, the latest posts (sadly, there's about a week or two in between posts) are about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Rabies outreach in Democratic Republic of Congo, Hemorrhagic Fever in Saudi Arabia and treating anthrax exposure in heroin users in Scotland.
Here's an interesting page that provides access to past US General Accounting Office reports on past disasters. Seems like this would be a helpful resource!
To have been published during yesterday's "festivities."
I read about this article months ago, and really should have passed it along then. I love it's applicability to infectious disease circumstances, especially the discussion of how quarantine could fail. The original paper is available from the linked page.
This was easily one of my favorite articles from 2009. Published at the height of H1N1 influenza, it examines the life and work of Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Infectious Diseases at Philadelphia's Children's Hospital. It delves into the safety of vaccines and fears of those opposed to vaccination. If you've got a few minutes, I wholeheartedly recommend you read it.