Meningitis is an inflammation or swelling of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Bacterial meningitis is very serious and potentially deadly.
In recent weeks we’ve reported on cases on college campuses like Oregon State University and UMass Amherst. In addition, we’ve seen outbreaks in several major cities in the men who have sex with men or MSM population.
Vice President, Director Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines North America at GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Leonard Friedland joined me on this podcast to discuss this very important public health issue.
- Vaccines: How they work and some common misconceptions
- The cost of measles: A CDC review
- Antibiotic resistance, the ‘post-antibiotic era’ and improving antibiotic stewardship
- Clostridium difficile awareness: A discussion with Steven LaRosa, MD
- Pandemic vs epidemic: What’s the difference and why does it matter?
- ‘What is a virus?’ and other questions answered
- Antibiotic crisis looming: Osterholm’s thoughts
- Bacteriophage therapy: A remarkable story
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and the importance of timely treatment with doxycycline
- H7N9 avian influenza in China: Should we be worried?
- Can kids be too clean? An interview with ‘Let Them Eat Dirt’ coauthor, B. Brett Finlay, PhD
- Hotez measles prediction: ‘Something awful is happening in Texas’
- Vaccines: An interview with Dr. Paul Offit
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden