On the Sunday, Dec.7 airing of the Outbreak News This Week radio show, the main topics covered included meningitis and the work of the Meningitis Foundation of America, a new study concerning the reduction of Baylisascaris procyonis, or raccoon roundworm egg prevalence and the antigenic drift that is affecting the H3N2 component of the 2014-2015 seasonal flu shot.

outbreak squareDuring the first segment, show host, Robert Herriman spoke to the National Secretary of the Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), Caroline Petrie, who gave an overview of meningitis and the mission of the MFA.

During the second segment, Wheaton College biology professor and lead author of the above study, Kristin Page, PhD spoke about the raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis covering topics like geographic distribution, symptomology and things a person can do to eliminate raccoon latrines and infection prevention.

Dr. Page went on to detail the study recently published in Emerging Infectious Diseases where she was able to demonstrate an 80% reduction in B. procyonis eggs using a monthly Pyrantel pamoate/marshmallow mix bait.

Columbia University Microbiology and Immunology professor,  Vincent Racaniello, PhD also came on the show to for a quick discussion on what is happening with the seasonal flu shot.

Listen to the full podcast below:

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