Maryn McKenna

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Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in domestic and global public health, health policy and medicine. She writes for Wired.com, Scientific American, the Guardian, SELF, is a regular contributor to the Annals of Emergency Medicine and is the author of "Superbug" and "Beating Back the Devil." Her blog, Superbug, can be found at http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/superbug.

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This was originally published Oct. 1 on Maryn McKenna’s Superbug Blog, hosted by Wired Science. There’s going to be a lot — a lot — of coverage today on the federal shutdown, what it means and how long it might go on. I thought it might be worth quickly highlighting how it affects the parts of the government readers here care most about: public health, global health, food safety and the spread of scary diseases.…
From the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):  Food Safety Epidemiology Capacity in State Health Departments — United States, 2010 December 23, 2011 / 60(50);1701-1704: …In 2010, a total of 787 FTEs were working as foodborne disease epidemiologists in state, regional, and local health departments in the United States. Of these, 616.5 (78%) had an epidemiology-related degree or had completed some coursework in epidemiology; 170.5 (22%) had only on-the-job training or no formal…
Another week, another food-safety crisis in China. Several news networks — Associated Press, Australian Press and Xinhua — report that 11 people have died and anywhere from 120 to 140 were sickened by contaminated vinegar. Stoking tensions further is the reason so many were poisoned at once: The victims live in a small village in far-west Xinjiang province and are ethnic Uighurs, the minority group whose desire for political independence from Beijing led to…