Across Colorado thousands of federally funded lab workers remain furloughed due to the government shutdown. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, just 10 percent of staff remain on duty.
As we reported Tuesday, the government shutdown is pushing the nation's food safety system to its limits.
For instance, there is normally a team of eight people overseeing the critical foodborne illness tracking database PulseNet. This team identifies clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella.
Here at The Salt, we've been following the controversies that surround antibiotic use on the farm. Farmers give these drugs to chickens, swine and beef cattle, either to keep the animals healthy or to make them grow faster. Critics say it's contributing to an epidemic of drug-resistant bacteria not just on the farm, but among people, too.
Since West Nile Virus was first identified more than a decade ago, applying bug spray became a must for summer outings. But sprays containing DEET can be a turn off. They can be smelly and feel greasy.