My guests on the Sunday, Jul 31 airing of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show included the lead researcher of a study published in the journal, Applied and Environmental MicrobiologyUniversity of South Florida (USF) doctoral student, Suzanne Young.

Young discussed her research team’s finding of Enterococcus faecium harboring the vanA gene in water and sediment up to three days after a sewage spill, and the qPCR signal for vanA persisted for an additional week, an organism not typically found outside a hospital environment and the public health concerns of this finding.

During the second half, Assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Dakota, Catherine Brissette, PhD joined me on the show to discuss her research into how exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) leads the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in cells to code for chronic inflammation, which is a hallmark of numerous neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases.

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