I've been a part of this commission for the better part of a year, working with other infectious disease physicians, pediatricians, veterinarians, microbiologists and other experts to craft a roadmap, consisting of 11 core policy recommendations, to help move the U.S. forward in addressing the contribution of livestock antibiotic use to the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Our white paper was just released: Combating Antibiotic Resistance: A Policy Roadmap to Reduce Use of Medically Important Antibiotics in Livestock.
Thapaliya D, Dalman M, Kadariya J*, Little K*, Mansell V*, Taha MY, Grenier D*, Smith TC. Prevalence and Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus in Geese Feces Collected from State Parks in Northeast Ohio. EcoHealth, in press, 2017.
Thapaliya D, Forshey BM, Quick MK, Farina SE*, O'Brien A*, Nair R*, Nworie A*, Hanson BM*, Kates A*, Wardyn SE, Smith TC. Prevalence and Molecular Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus in Commercially Available Meat over a One-Year Period in Iowa, United States. Food Microbiology, in press, 2017.
My latest at Mental Floss--can a malaria co-infection help Ebola patients survive?
Have a number of articles and interviews about Zika virus, which has exploded in news coverage over the last few weeks.
At Aetiology: The Zika conspiracies have begun and Zika (an overview of what we don't know about the virus).
At Mental Floss, 7 Questions About the Zika Virus, Answered.
At Quartz, An infectious disease expert breaks down Zika’s threat to pregnant women in the US.
And interviews at AM560 Chicago, Al Jazeera's The Stream, and Voice of America's Health Chat.
I've been a bit remiss at posting things here, but three recent articles to note:
Mental Floss.com, article. A Potential New Treatment for Bats with Deadly White-Nose Syndrome. August 2015.
Slate.com, article. Why the United States Is Plagued With Plague. October 2015.
Slate.com, article. America's Ebola panic. October 2015.
I'm also quoted in a Gizmodo piece about HIV denial, "The Deadly Legacy of HIV Truthers."
Have you heard of the 1872 outbreak of horse flu? Most people haven't. I describe the epidemic and its fallout at Mental Floss.
Ebola will not be the last. No matter what we do, we'll always have new epidemics pop up. The key is to contain them quick and early, and to work with human behavior.
So much of the conversation about "bushmeat" ends up in judgement of African practices of eating and hunting--but we do much the same things here in the U.S. as well. I discuss my own great-grandmother's recipes in this new post.
Tara and company