CDC fact sheet – difference between infections spread through air vs droplet #ebola

With all of the confusion about how ebola can be transmitted, here is a CDC fact sheet for infections spread through air vs droplet. EBOLA IS NOT SPREAD THROUGH THE AIR!

#Ebola Quotable: Anthony Fauci on current ways to stop outbreak


The important thing to emphasize is that today, and in the immediate future, the way one can stop this epidemic is by good hospital infection and infection control procedures. Isolation, quarantine, and protecting the health care workers with personal protective equipment. Vaccine is fine. But right now the tools that we have that can work, are the good protection, isolation, and good infection control. – Anthony Fauci on MSNBC discussing Ebola outbreak and clinical trials for a Ebola vaccine.

Brain eating Amoebas- Naegleria fowleri- found in Louisiana water system

The infectious amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, has been discovered in the water supply of a parish in Louisiana that serves 12,000 people. The amoeba cannot infect humans that drink the water and can only infect humans through water contact with the nasal passage in extremely rare cases. More info from Daily Mail online.

Though no illnesses have been reported, the Naegleria fowleri amoeba has been found in the system running to Reserve, Garyville, and Mt. Airy, according to the  the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals in a statement released Wednesday.

Infections with the bug are extremely rare – perhaps 132 cases have been reported from 1962 to 2014 – but of those who’ve fallen victim only three survived.

This is Louisiana’s third water system to test positive for the amoeba. 

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Brain eating Amoebas!!! What is it like to be infected with Naegleria fowleri? #science


Roni Jacobson has written a scary/fun/entertaining/sad piece for Scientific American about what it is like to have your brain eaten by amoebas. The almost universally fatal infections are rare, and usually occur from swimming in warm fresh water (think Arizona). However, recent evidence suggests that the infections may be increasing, and may be spreading north, perhaps in part due to climate change. Check out Jacobson’s article for more info and a description of the infection. The beginning of the infection is described below.

It turns out that “brain eating” is actually a pretty accurate description for what the amoeba does. After reaching the olfactory bulbs, N. fowleri feasts on the tissue there using suction-cup-like structures on its surface. This destruction leads to the first symptoms—loss of smell and taste—about five days after the infection sets in.