Thoughtful essays, short stories, or poems on philosophical issues related to science, medical practice, and human health. Topics may include science and the human condition, the unanticipated side of epidemic investigations, or how people perceive and cope with infections and illness.
Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis (VEE) epizoodemics were reported at 6–10-year intervals in northern South America beginning in the 1920s. In 1937, epizootic VEE virus was isolated from infected horse brain and shown as distinct from the North American equine encephalomyelitis viruses. Subsequently, epizootic and sylvatic strains were isolated in distinct ecosystems; isolates were characterized serologically as epizootic subtype I, variants A/B and C; or sylvatic (enzootic) subtype I, variants D, E, and F, and subtypes II, III, and IV. In 1969, variant I-A/B virus was transported from a major outbreak in northern South America to the borders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This musical poem describes the history and ecology of VEE viruses and the epidemiology of an unprecedented 1969 movement of VEE viruses from South America to equids and humans in Central America from Costa Rica to Guatemala and Belize and in Mexico and the United States that continued until 1972.
Johnson KM, Antczak DF, Dietz WH, Martin DH, Walton TE. The Crab Hole Mosquito Blues. Emerg Infect Dis. 2011;17(5):923-927. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1705.101412
Johnson KM, Antczak DF, Dietz WH, et al. The Crab Hole Mosquito Blues. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2011;17(5):923-927. doi:10.3201/eid1705.101412.
Johnson, K. M., Antczak, D. F., Dietz, W. H., Martin, D. H., & Walton, T. E. (2011). The Crab Hole Mosquito Blues. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(5), 923-927. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1705.101412.
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