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Disturbing Tag Cloud

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Using the tag cloud widget for WordPress, I find that my most commonly used tag currently is “economics.”  How can that be?  It’s not even one of my categories. Perhaps it is my broad definition of economics?  Perhaps it is my frequent discontent with the way that human behavior gets discussed in the economics literature? […]

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Trailing Off of the Epidemic Curve?

July 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Infectious Disease, Uncategorized

The latest CDC report on the ongoing Salmonella serotype Saintpaul suggests that we may indeed be nearing the end.  Here is the epidemic curve as of 28 July: While there is certainly still the possibility of more cases appearing that have not yet been reported or another introduction (see previous post), the fact that the epidemic curve […]

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More on Salmonella

July 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Human Ecology, Infectious Disease, Statistics

The first produce to positively match the Salmonella serotype Saintpaul was announced today.  A jalapeño chile, grown in México and processed at an unnamed plant in McAllen, Texas, tested positive for the strain of Salmonella that has sickened at least 1237 people since April.  This is the first time that the bug has actually shown up on a […]

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Update on Salmonellosis Saintpaul

July 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Conservation, Infectious Disease, Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just issued a new report on the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella serotype Saintpaul infection. Since April, 1237 people have been infected.  The investigation has continued to focus on raw tomatoes but also jalepeño (and serrano) chiles and cilantro.  This further supports my previous speculation, based on the age profile of […]

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Salmonella Outbreak: Is It Really Tomatoes?

July 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Diet & Nutrition, Human Ecology, Infectious Disease

An outbreak of Salmonella serotype Saintpaul has sickened 943 people since April.  Nearly 14% of these cases required hospitalization. It has been hypothesized that tomatoes have been the vehicle for this food-borne infection.  Here in Palo Alto, certain types of tomatoes (e.g., Roma and beefsteak) were taken off store shelves for a while.  The latest […]

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