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And finally, an overview of the conspiracy theories that have already popped up around the Zika outbreak http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2016/02/03/the-zika-conspiracies-have-begun/
Like cockroaches, the conspiracy theorists suggesting Zika is anything but a normal, naturally-occurring event have begun to come out of the woodwork. To be expected, the theories they’re espousing make no sense scientifically, and each theory is incompatible with the others, but why should anyone expect that conspiracy theorists would actually use logic? Claim One:…
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Oh, what a wonderful time for The X-Files to be back on the air!
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Second, at Mental Floss, an overview of Zika: http://mentalfloss.com/article/74622/7-questions-about-zika-virus-answered
What is it, and why has it exploded now?
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I read a lot of misinformation on antibiotic resistance online, so I wrote an explainer to discuss some of it: http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2015/09/10/antibiotic-resistance-myths-and-misunderstandings/
I’ve been involved in a few discussions of late on science-based sites around yon web on antibiotic resistance and agriculture–specifically, the campaign to get fast food giant Subway to stop using meat raised on antibiotics, and a graphic by CommonGround using Animal Health Institute data, suggesting that agricultural animals aren’t an important source of resistant bacteria.…
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My first piece at Mental Floss: how some monster legends could be rooted in infections and other diseases. http://mentalfloss.com/article/64376/call-doctor-not-exorcist-monsters-were-actually-sick
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My research assistant, Dipendra, is from Nepal. His family back home, including his older parents with chronic health conditions, and young nieces and nephews, has been devastated by the recent earthquake. His wife's family has fared a bit better, but her sister was seriously injured (her parent's house, however, is still standing). If you have a few bucks to spare, I've set up a youcaring site for donations here: http://bit.ly/1DQ9b6B It would be greatly appreciated.
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Wrote up a piece at Politico on the proposed travel/visa ban for Ebola. TL;DR: not only will it not work, but it will further erode trust of America in the affected countries, making it more difficult to extinguish the epidemic in West Africa and therefore putting us at greater risk here. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/travel-ban-visa-baneither-way-it-wont-work-112084.html#.VEfIKvl4pcQ
The biggest two words right now at the intersection of government and public health might be “travel ban.” But despite many politicians framing such a ban as a “common sense measure” to protect us from Ebola, a closer look at both the logistics and the history of such bans show that they are anything but. First, what are these...
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At my blog, an overview of what we don't know about Zika, including whether the association with microcephaly and Guillan-Barre syndrome is real or not http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2016/02/01/zika/
As you’ve probably seen, unless you’ve been living in a cave, Zika virus is the infectious disease topic du jour. From an obscure virus to the newest scare, interest in the virus has skyrocketed just in the past few weeks: I have a few pieces already on Zika, so I won’t repeat myself here.…
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Have several new posts to send out! First, at Quartz, an overview of Zika and the (possible?) threat to pregnant women http://qz.com/605007/an-infectious-disease-expert-breaks-down-zikas-threat-to-pregnant-women-in-the-us/
The good news is that the US tends to have better mosquito control programs and more screened and air-conditioned buildings than the currently affected countries.
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New post! Interview with HIV denier turned science advocate John Strangis http://bit.ly/1gYtB9t
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New paper! Many years in the making, a study of 1300+ rural Iowans for Staph aureus carriage and infections: http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2015/04/30/st398-carriage-and-infections-in-farmers-united-states/
I’ve been working on livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus and farming now for almost a decade. In that time, work from my lab has shown that, first, the “livestock-associated” strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that was found originally in Europe and then in Canada, ST398, is in the United States in pigs and farmers; that it’s present…
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So much fun to do TWiV for this week. Thanks for having me on!
 
 +Tara C. Smith of Aetiology joins us for this week's discussion of Ebola virus on the science show This Week in Virology.
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  • University of Michigan
    Postdoc, infectious disease epidemiology, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Toledo
    PhD, Microbiology, 1998 - 2002
  • Yale University
    BS, Biology, 1994 - 1998
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  • Kent State University
    Associate Professor, 2013 - present
  • University of Iowa
    Assistant Professor, 2005 - 2012
  • University of Iowa
    Associate Professor, 2012 - 2013
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