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It would be surprising if failure to fund local public health and neutering regulation would result in a decrease in foodborne illness. Alas, there is nothing surprising about CDC’s latest report on incidence of foodborne illness in the US. They put the best face on it they could, pointing to a decrease in E. coli…

No fly disease regs don’t fly

Better late than never. When the Bush administration proposed sweeping airport quarantine rules in 2005, even those of us most concerned about avian influenza thought it was a fruitless policy on scientific grounds, not to mention issues of civili liberties and economics. The airlines hated it, too:

CDC today

When Thomas Frieden took over as CDC Director less than a year ago, I didn’t know what to think. A smart, frenetic and intense former CDC epidemiologist who was most recently head of the New York City Health Department, he hadn’t made his reputation as a “people person.” He was reputed to being a quick…

We still don’t know if we are experiencing a lull in flu or the virus has burned itself out for the season, but it’s as good a time as any to reflect a bit on where we’ve been and where we still need to go. Being otherwise occupied (I’m sure you are sick of hearing…

New York Times correspondent Don McNeil is an excellent medical reporter. He always asks intelligent questions at the CDC pressers and he writes good articles. And he’s written one for The Times yesterday that I agree with, although his support for it seems to me less than objective. In essence he asked the country’s flu…

CDC’s 2009 flu wrap up presser

Yesterday CDC had its last press conference of this calendar year on the flu pandemic (.mp3 here). CDC’s Anne Schuchat did her usual competent job and was generally upbeat while trying to maintain the need for urgency in the vaccination campaign. She cited numbers of over 100 million swine flu and 100 million seasonal flu…

One of the most dismaying “features” (or is it a bug?) of the US government is the too cozy relationship of key agencies with industries they are either regulating, investigating or affecting in some ways. The revolving door syndrome perhaps reached its peak in the Bush II administration, but it’s been a chronic problem going…

Flu vaccine safety

Any concerns about the current swine flu vaccine inevitably bring up the swine flu episode of 1976. This is not 1976. For starters, this year we have a bona fide pandemic and in 1976 the virus never got out of Fort Dix, NJ. That in itself is a game changer. If there are any risks…

Frequent readers here know we are fascinated with the similarities between computer viruses and real viruses. Both use their unwittingly infected hosts (computers or host cells) to make copies of themselves and in the process can cause varying degrees of sickness. It’s hard to give any solid criteria which will differentiate one as qualitatively different…

CDC is again warning parents not to send your children to a swine flu party. The idea is to provide them with immunity, like used to be done with chickenpox parties. It’s pretty hard to believe this is a live issue and CDC admits it doesn’t have evidence that any have actually occurred. When it…