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Archives for May, 2007

I’m not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV. But I think I know the difference between quarantine and isolation, and the widespread media reports that the Georgia resident with XDR-TB was the first person “quarantined” by the US government since 1963 didn’t make sense. Quarantine means to segregate and possibly confine people…

The pain of pandemic prepping

Readers here who try to get their neighbors to prep and run into a stone wall aren’t alone.

More on Surgeon General nominee

My wiki partner and fellow blogger Melanie Mattson (Just a Bump in the Beltway) alerted me to a whole new pile of crap about Bush’s new Surgeon General nominee, James Holsinger, cardiologist and master of biblical studies (Melanie took me to task for saying that’s a degree in “theology.” I stand chastised. Errr . .…

TB joins the Mile High Club

It was only last week we posted about XDR-TB. Yesterday CDC warned passengers on two international flights — Air France 385, Atlanta to Paris on May 12 and Czech Air 104, Prague to Canada on May 24 — they may have been infected by another passenger who had Extensively Drug Resistant TB (XDR-TB). Reportedly authorities…

It’s not as if the Surgeon General was such an important post. The SG’s mission is mainly to educate the public and advise the President. No big deal, really. And in fact the past SGs might as well have been invisible. Hell, they were invisible. No use of the position as a bully pulpit to…

6000 miles of dollar bills for Iraq

Congress passed the supplemental spending bill last week and Bush signed it immediately. It was a terrible bill, both for what it contained and what it didn’t. You all know what it contained: more money for this rotten war in Iraq. What it didn’t contain was the paltry $650 million for pandemic preparedness that had…

The thread that Indonesia pulled when it demanded certain rights to vaccines made from a seed virus isolated within its national borders is threatening to unravel the fabric of the half century seasonal influenza surveillance system. At the core of the dispute is the question of whether there is such a thing as an intellectual…

Memorial Day: who are The Fallen?

Memorial Day in the United States, a day to remember ‘The Fallen,’ those who have died in the service of their country, their community, their families. Historically and by tradition The Fallen have been soldiers. But why? There are so many more. Firefighters, police, social workers, nurses, doctors, “ordinary” working people who have died on…

The bird flu outbreak in Wales

Just this month three prominent members of the flu science establishment warned their colleagues that predicting an influenza pandemic was not really possible (Taubenberger, Morens and Fauci, JAMA. 2007 May 9;297(18):2025-7). Not just the time frame is unpredictable, but also the subtype. H5N1 is the bogeyman, and rightly given its horrific case fatality rate (60%),…

You know atheism is making headway when it starts to elicit new, and more desperate, forms of push back. It’s no longer possible burn atheists at the stake, at least not in the US, but you can tar and feather them with accusations that they are as bad as — what? As bad as the…