19 thoughts on “Micro knowledge (in wildly irresponsible generalizations):

  1. Somewhere in there you need to put: Eat bear jerky. Apparently there was a big outbreak of Cysticercosis among some people in Minnesota or something who ate some insufficiently jerkified bear.

    • Haha, every lecture we’ve had that’s mentioned kids has driven people away from the idea. (Lots of pregnancy-related problems, terrifying diseases.. I think we should have an entire lecture filled with cute pictures of babies just to balance things out.)

  2. Awesome. I think the children’s book is a good idea!!

    My (Canadian ed.) addition would be:

    Eat fermented walrus meat (there was a guy in Tuktoyaktuk who died of botulism from that).

    Turns out the traditional way of preparing it was to bury it in the ground with stones/wood (thus aerobic). But in the advent of technology they buried it in plastic (anerobic).

    It was my culturally sensitive way to refuse eating it. 🙂

    • … hmm, my roommate’s family, back in college, had eaten squirrel brains before. They were an adventurous group…

      I think being adventurous is, according to microbiology, generally frowned upon. It’s just bad news.

  3. Don’t go to the Ohio River Valley and get Histoplasma, or to Arizona and get Coccidioides, or own birds and get allergic alveolitis.

    And yes, absolutely, children ARE parasites. That’s why there’s such a thing as gestational diabetes – the concentration gradient of glucose is good for baby to get the sugar.

  4. Wow, humans get Fasciola hepatica, too? Never knew that!

    Also, very nice drawing of an Old English Sheepdog! You probably already know this, but to keep the poor sheepdog from getting a bad rep, any dog (and even other predators like cats) that eat sheep (or the other less common intermediate hosts like rodents, lagomorphs, etc.) can get Echinococcus and shed the infectious tapeworm segments. Bad news bears!

    Also as an interesting (and probably unrelated) factoid, out west at least, lambs are a tasty little treat for all kinds of wild things–coyotes, mountain lions, dogs, and even eagles and wild pigs! You can often tell what was snacking on your lambs, though, by the where the damage was done to the carcass/which parts were eaten. Weird, eh? [/random tangent]

    • Haha, poor sheepdog. Yep, that’s what the “wildly irresponsible generalization” was referring to – “dogs who hang out with sheep” would’ve been more appropriate.

      Did not know that about lambs! Cool stuff!

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