Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Next Pandemic

It should be no surprise that a pandemic or epidemic is looming around the figurative corner, especially for those of us in infectious diseases. Here is a commentary recently published in the New York Times, on the coming plague and why zoonoses (infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans) will plague us until the end of time. With the widespread access of air travel, the introduction of an infectious disease is only a flight away.

I am studying for my re-certification examination in infectious diseases and came across an interesting reference in my lecture notes on the Sixth Plague of Egypt, a plague of boils (Book of Exodus). This can be no other than our nemesis since time immemorial, Staphylococcus aureus.  

Infectious diseases will continue to vex us. Job security.

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