Today’s Outbreak News This Week Radio Show started with a brief introduction to a new, free 6-week online course on Vaccines being offered by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania via Coursera.

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The course, which begins April 13, will be taught by Dr. Paul Offit Director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. To learn more about the course and to sign up for free, click HERE

My first guest, who has been on the show previously in 2013 (Chagas disease) and 2014 (Leishmaniasis), was Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine and the President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, Dr Peter Hotez.

Dr Hotez came on to talk about his recent appointment by the U.S. Department of State as U.S. Science Envoy. We also talked about anticipating the next “Ebola” and his concerns about ISIS controlled territories and the risk of a serious outbreak.

During the second half of the show, Mayday Project co-founder, Josh Cutler joined me to talk about Lyme disease advocates disagreements with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) over diagnosis, treatment and the existence of “chronic Lyme” or “persistent infections”.

Mr. Cutler also talked about the upcoming protest scheduled later this month at the IDSA headquarters.

To learn more about The Mayday Project and the upcoming protest, visit their website HERE

Listen to the entire podcast below:

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