New Pew Ad Campaign Hits D.C. Metro

picture-3Washington, DC Metro riders are taking notice today of a new advertising campaign promoting publicizing the misuse of antibiotics in the food animal production. The ads will be popping up this week and throughout June at the Capitol South and Union Station Metro stops as well as on red and blue/orange line trains.

The ad campaign echoes the recommendations of the Pew Commission Report on Industrial Farm Animal Production, that the overuse of antibiotics in the production of food animals is unnecessary and compromising their effects in treatment of humans. The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical groups point to antibiotic resistances as an alarming threat to public health. Read More >

“Not If, When:” What We Can Learn From Latest Swine Flu Outbreak

The World Health Organization is poised to raise the pandemic threat level as a deadly strain of the swine virus shows no sign of slowing down, according to a latest Reuters report. The New York Times reports that the number of people killed by the virus has climbed to 149 in Mexico and 8 of the 20 confirmed cases in the U.S. were diagnosed in New York City.

Reuters says the change in threat levels would indicate that the virus has mutated to the point that it is being transmitted from person to person more easily. According to an earlier Reuters report the CDC’s early analysis determined the virus strain, which is designated H1N1 (similar to the “Spanish Flu” which killed tens of millions of people in the early 20th Century) contains DNA from swine, human and avian viruses.

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