Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Links and Lyme

First, some web links:
  1. The Produce Safety Project is calling for food safety reform, says this article in Cattle Network (yes, Cattle Network). The report recommends improved data collection, creating a cabinet-level agency for food safety, and use best practices from Europe.
  2. A little food safety reminder, speaking of reform: We can all reduce our risk of foodborne illness with a little supermarket safety, and this article from CBS News can tell you how.
  3. This article raises the red flag that only 58% of Idaho's 2-year-olds are vaccinated to current recommendations. This situation is not exclusive to Idaho; other pockets of the U.S. have extremely low vaccination rates.
  4. It's that time of year when the risk of contracting Lyme disease increases with our outdoor activities. Read some articles about Lyme disease and how to prevent contracting it: 1 from The Signal, 1 about a rally to promote Lyme disease awareness, a page from CDC, and the American Lyme Disease Foundation, an advocacy organization. The bottom line is cover up and use a bug spray with DEET to prevent tick bites.
  5. And while we're at it, here's some info about West Nile Virus and CDC's "Fight the Bite!" campaign. Bug spray, guys! It's worth it!

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