Army scientists in May reported finding E. coli bacteria that harbor a gene which renders the antibiotic colistin useless. … Beginning in August, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will use $21 million to expand surveillance at laboratories operated by all 50 state health departments and seven larger regional labs.”
We already have a CDC. What is the U.S. Army doing with genetic research on disease-causing, anti-bacterial resistent bacteria? And while the use of the word “surveillance” doesn’t exactly fit with the sentence that comes right after it in the article, what is with the CDC doing “surveillance” on labs operated by all 50 states as well as regional labs?
The sudden ramping up of “crisis” through antibiotic-resistent bacteria, and the Zika virus, just smells a bit “off” to this old guy who’s been around the block a few times in seven decades. I’m now seeing patterns over time that aren’t necessarily visible to younger folks because they haven’t seen them repeatedly before. But what do I know? I’m just old and paranoid.