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Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Food

Hidden Dangers Lurking in Your Food

Food week on SciAm blogs would not be complete without scary stories. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 hamburger outbreak that sickened 623 people and killed 4 children.

September 4, 2013

Ebola and Priorities in Drug Development

News is rapidly changing regarding Ebola. Even as I've been writing this post, we've gone from "There is no treatment except supportive care" to NIH's Dr.

August 5, 2014 — Judy Stone

Anthrax Blunder Reveals Deadly Potential of Accidents

A lab director has reportedly been reassigned and other heads at the U.S. Center for Disease Control are likely to roll after an incident earlier this month in which at least 75 staff members may have accidentally been exposed to live samples of anthrax being transported from one lab to another.

June 23, 2014 — Christine Gorman
Ebola – the World’s Katrina

Ebola – the World’s Katrina

To anyone who follows infectious disease outbreaks, it is no great surprise that the most immediate, looming threat, Ebola, has received scant attention until recently.

September 9, 2014 — Judy Stone

Graphic Guides to Ebola from the Epicenter and Abroad

The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa continues to make the news as more cases are reported and casualties rise. A common thread in reporting is the difficulty in communicating accurate information to combat the spread of the virus when communities are gripped with fear and misinformation spreads as quickly as the virus itself.

August 8, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Quarantines: Chaos and Confusion

There has been a quantum change in the past few days as to how healthcare workers (HCW) returning from the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are being treated.

October 28, 2014 — Judy Stone
Superbugs should scare you more than Ebola in US

Superbugs should scare you more than Ebola in US

The first case of Ebola in the United States was announced today, with a patient in Dallas who traveled to the US from Liberia. The resultant hysteria and xenophobia prompts this reminder.

September 30, 2014 — Judy Stone

Clay Jenkins and Zachary Thompson are Ebola Heroes

All last week CDC officials reiterated their conclusion—based on nearly 40 years worth of successfully containing past outbreaks—that you cannot catch the Ebola virus from people who are infected unless they have already begun suffering a fever or started showing other signs of illnesses.

October 6, 2014 — Christine Gorman
Will Antibiotics Be There When You Need Them? Get Smart

Will Antibiotics Be There When You Need Them? Get Smart

Just in time for “Get Smart about Antibiotics Week,” I had a refreshing experience recently, working in a different rural hospital. Over that week, I didn’t see one patient with “superbugs” other than the occasional MRSA.

November 17, 2013 — Judy Stone
Disease Detectives Investigate Outbreaks at Home and Abroad

Disease Detectives Investigate Outbreaks at Home and Abroad

The medical sleuths of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been thrust into the limelight with the recent Ebola epidemic. Charged with chasing diseases and stopping outbreaks, they're a geeky bunch of young doctors, veterinarians and scientists, who prefer to work behind the scenes.

October 10, 2014 — Seema Yasmin

CDC Launches Ebola Response Team

In the two days since the second U.S. Ebola patient was diagnosed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assembled a new team to battle the threat of Ebola.

October 14, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage