Social Networking Analysis and Genomics Solve Mysterious TB Outbreak

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Scientists used social-network analysis to find the origins of an outbreak of tuberculosis (top).

It was the baby’s case that first caught people’s attention: an infant in a medium-sized community in British Columbia that was diagnosed with tuberculosis in July 2006. When public health workers took a deeper look at the community’s medical records, they found a number of additional cases suggestive of an outbreak. By December 2008, 41 cases had been identified, bumping up the region’s annual incidence rate by a factor of 10.

 

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The Truth Behind Swine Flu: Have Cheap Drugs & Greed Created a Pandemic?

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Refining the Swine Problem

Even if global coverage on the potential swine flu pandemic may be an over-reaction and another sign of media manipulation, it’s clear that the outbreak is still a serious issue (which you can now follow via Google Maps). All things considered, the outbreak seems to be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. In addition to the other questionable agribusiness practices of “confined animal feeding operations” – a new study by the Soil Association suggests that the overuse of antibiotics could also be a major factor in creating antibiotic resistant super-pathogens (aside from the mutant strain of viral swine flu wreaking havoc now). These bacterial “superbugs” include…

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