Monday, February 27, 2017

Who doesn't like cholera?

Well, most people, but I think it's neat. We briefly talked about it in class, so this isn't completely out of left field. I think the neatest part about cholera is the Bengal (O139) strain, which is fun because emerged in the early 90s, and caused a very nasty epidemic and has been chilling out in India's waterways since, where the populations of the normal (O1) strain and Bengal are cyclic and out of phase with each other (throwback to Red Queen).  This paper is super rad and has something for everyone (evolutions, epidemiology, genetics). And if you have more time/ interest Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah is an amazingly written and researched book.

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