TB anywhere is TB everywhere.
Increased U.S. support for the global TB response is essential to addressing TB within our own country, as this airborne infectious disease knows no borders, and our domestic epidemic increasingly reflects the global one. We must support countries like Nepal to strengthen their own capacity to control TB and properly care for their TB patients. Without greater investment now to effectively treat TB in other countries, the epidemic of drug-resistant TB will continue to grow and threaten us all.
"Your body will argue that there is no justifiable reason to continue. Your only recourse is to call on your spirit, which fortunately functions independently of logic."
— Tim Noakes, author of The Lore of Running
"The best intervention for long-term cholera control and, for that matter, for the control of the great majority of diarrheal diseases is the strategy that eliminated epidemic cholera from the United States and Northern Europe long before either marketed antibiotics or effective vaccines existed. The development and maintenance of water and sewage treatment systems assured safe drinking water and safe disposal of sewage for all, keeping contaminated sewage out of water, foods, and the environment. The strategy not only eliminated cholera but also dramatically reduced mortality related to diarrheal diseases of all causes."
"We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces."
— Carl Sagan (via scinerds)
(Source: brainyquote.com, via thedeepz)
"It’s important to remember that each footstrike carries you forward, not backward. And every time you put on your running shoes you are different in some way than you were the day before."
— John “The Peguin” Bingham
"Could more dengue outbreaks happen? To spark one, you need three things. First, imported virus: check. Second, a population with no immunity. The United States has that, since dengue was last widespread in the 1940s. And third, mosquitoes that can transmit it. Those are already widespread."
"As Americans we are enormously blessed to live in the greatest country on the globe, and, to whom much is given, much is expected. We have an exceptional leadership role to play in the world. Even in tough economic times, we are extremely fortunate. Around the world, nearly one billion people will go to bed hungry tonight. In this year alone, 2.4 million children will die as a result of malnutrition. One thing all Americans can agree on – even in the midst of this rancorous campaign season – is that we are at our very best as a nation when we offer a helping hand to support others in need."
"Diseases have always come out of the woods and wildlife and found their way into human populations — the plague and malaria are two examples. But emerging diseases have quadrupled in the last half-century, experts say, largely because of increasing human encroachment into habitat, especially in disease “hot spots” around the globe, mostly in tropical regions. And with modern air travel and a robust market in wildlife trafficking, the potential for a serious outbreak in large population centers is enormous."
"…out of every 30,000 bacteria in the United States, 29,999 are harmless, useful, or even necessary for our lives while one is a disease bacterium. That is not a bad record compared with that of the human race. In 1942, there were 7,569 persons convicted of murder in the United States, or 1 out of every 17,000. Considering that the proportion of harmful bacteria in our estimate is certainly too high, it would be only fair to admit that bacteria are no more dangerous to humanity than man himself."
— Otto Rahn (from The 1941 Census of Bacteria in the United States, inMicrobes of Merit, 1945)