Polio

Las op Medium het artikel How is Polio Still a Thing? over het uitroeien van Polio, en waarom dat toch nog steeds niet is gelukt. Behoorlijk tragisch dat het door inmenging van de CIA zo mis is gegaan.

Well, that is, most kids. In three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — polio remains endemic. Why? Since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover for its attempts to locate Osama bin Laden by way of his children’s DNA, our triumphant march to the end of polio has been sidelined.

Spillover

Het is niet echt luchtige zomerliteratuur, maar toch leest het wel lekker weg. Ik ben begonnen aan Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic van David Quammen.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Lees hier recensies van NY Times en The Guardian.

Flu

I’m quite impressed and a bit scared by the news of the reconstruction of the 1918 Flu Virus. Meanwhile, I’ve been batteling the common cold, which set in around Sunday. I hate being out of breath after tackling a simple staircase. I’ve stocked up on vitamin C and am drinking plenty of tea and honey. Hopefully things will be back to normal soon.