Category Microbiology

Post 123 – Smallpox, Anthrax and Influenza in the news (BioLevel labs at the CDC)

My BSL4 Post is probably the most popular one I have, and CDC’s BioLevel 2-3-4 laboratories have been making enough news this week to last a couple of more blog posts. Tuesday, July 8 – Reports surface of 6 vials of smallpox virus from 1954 that were found in a cold storage room used by the FDA on […]

Post 117 – MERS Reaches the United States

About a year ago, I wrote about a new virus that was spreading across the Middle East.  In the past two weeks, news came of incidences of MERS-CoV in the States, now shortened to “MERS.”  Both were health care workers based in the United States and traveled to the Mid-East to provide services. First person […]

Post 113 – Pufferfish Sushi

I’ve been in the mood for sushi recently. One buddy tells me of sushi from the poisonous pufferfish that can only be made by specially trained, tested, and licensed sushi chefs. Pufferfish, also known as blowfish, is called Fugu in Japan and they make all sorts of delicacies from this fish, avoiding areas like the […]

Spotlight on Tonsil surgery (Children’s Hospital Oakand, Jahi McMath)

Happy Holidays! If you have listened to the news, you’ve no doubt heard about the sad story of a young gal in Oakland who died after tonsil surgery. The parents want to keep her alive on breathing and feeding tubes, even though doctors say there is no brain activity and she is clinically dead. I […]

Today’s News: Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Drinking Water

Officials in Saint Bernard County, near New Orleans, Louisiana, have issued an alert that Naegleria fowleri have been found in their drinking water. This is the amoeba that killed several kids swimming in warm lakes in the Southeast United States. The amoeba goes into the brain and destroys it by going up the nose, so the […]

Valley Fever Outbreak Brings CDC Investigators to California

This month, CDC began investigating the deaths of more than three dozen California inmates who had contracted valley fever, a fungal disease. The deaths occurred at two state prisons — Avenal and Pleasant Valley — in San Joaquin Valley. The investigation comes after federal receiver J. Clark Kelso — who is charged with monitoring the […]

New Virus MERS-CoV may lead to future outbreak – with video in links

This is one post that I had put on the back-burner, but the news has become more prominent. I first heard of this in February. There’s a new deadly virus that is similar to the virus that caused a worldwide outbreak in 2002-2003. The newly-named “Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus,” or MERS-CoV, is a coronavirus […]