Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

4:48pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Science

Shutdown Brings Fort Collins CDC To 10% Staffing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.

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3:05pm

Thu October 3, 2013
The Salt

CDC: Shutdown Strains Foodborne Illness Tracking

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:38 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PulseNet service monitors clusters of sickness linked to potentially dangerous strains of foodborne pathogens such as E.coli or salmonella.
Reed Saxon AP

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.

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1:59pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Colorado Flood

E. Coli Left Behind By Boulder Floodwaters

Standing water left by flooding in Boulder, Colo., Sept 13.
Credit Dan Greenwood / KUNC

Residents with private wells in unincorporated areas of Boulder County are dealing with another side effect of the flooding. Their water may be unusable.

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2:36pm

Mon September 16, 2013
The Salt

CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 3:29 pm

These pigs in Iowa, newly weaned from their mothers, get antibiotics in their water to ward off bacterial infection.
Dan Charles NPR

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.

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5:00am

Fri September 6, 2013
Science

Finding An All-Natural Alternative To DEET

CDC Researcher Marc Dolan inserts a hand treated with nootkatone into a cage of hungry mosquitoes. The all-natural chemical is a powerful repellant and has the essence of grapefruit.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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. 

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