At his new digs, PalMD discusses recent news revealing the presence of dengue virus in the Florida Keys–the first appearance in the state in almost 75 years. Dengue is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause serious disease, including a hemorrhagic manifestation, and the current outbreak is pitting public health professionals against the tourism industry in the Keys. It’s also brought to public attention the closing of CDC’s vector-borne disease branch due to funding difficulties. The intersection of these–viral emergence, politics, and economic interests–has the potential to cause a huge mess on the gulf coast, where they’ve obviously already had enough recent heartbreak.
Blogging from Atlanta at ICEID, the perfect venue to highlight today’s story in the NY Times by Carl Zimmer discussing gut microbes in health and disease–including an introduction focusing on fecal transplants to treat Clostridium difficile infections. If you’re at ICEID, be sure to swing by several posters in both sessions today showing new work (ours and others’) on zoonotic MRSA.