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Wednesday, October 05, 2005 

Tularemia in DC

I've been wanting to post something about the tularemia detection in Washington, D.C.,, but I've been waiting to hear more information. As discussed on Effect Measure, looks like I'm not the only one in the dark.

This says several things. First, Michael Certoff's Department of Homeland Security doesn't have the public health expertise to be managing this. Second, DHHS still doesn't have its act together. Third, public health authorities, from the local officials in DC to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, are out of the loop. Fourth, the vast sums sent down the rat hole of "biodefense" were a waste of money (except for the biotech companies who profited) because they were accompanied by further deterioration of the public health infrastructure. Without that infrastructure alarms going off are like trees falling in the forest with no one to hear them. It is irrelevant if they make a sound or not.

Preach it, brotha.


About me

  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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