Archive for January, 2012

Man’s Best Friend, the Turkana Tribe & a Gruesome Parasite

By Rebecca Kreston | January 26, 2012 2:00 pm

Dogs are dirty, dirty animals. I know because I’ve had several, which currently includes a mud-loving, cockroach-catching, drooly mess of a boxer who enjoys nothing more than sleeping her way over every soft surface in my house. The fact that dogs also transmit diseases, and an incredible variety of them at that, does not help matters! Parasites, viruses, bacterial and fungal infections! To their owners! To me, maybe you, maybe your friends! Your relationship with your pet is, in short, a lot richer than you could ever imagine. In light of this, I have a real doozy of a story about the relationship between pet dogs and a miserable little parasite set in the barren desert of northwest Kenya.

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Buzz Kill: Blood-Borne Disease Transmission at the Hajj

By Rebecca Kreston | January 5, 2012 12:34 pm

With Hanukkah and Christmas just recently past and Chinese New Year fast approaching, it seems a suitable time to consider the topic of religious celebrations and infectious diseases, no? ‘Tis the spirit and all! I’ll be looking at one of most intriguing religious events in the world, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj, and the special epidemiological event that accompanies it.

A Muslim praying at the Hajj with a backdop of thousands of pilgrims. Image: Hassan Ammar. Click for source.

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