Commentary: Silence of the goats

I often get frustrated when the CDC selectively dismisses opinions and research that does not agree with their agenda. 

As I’ve posted on “TBE (Tick Borne Encephalitis) may pass thru food”, people can be infected from foods originating from TBE infected animals.  The University of Vienna found that TBE can indeed be passed from infected goats to goat cheese and then humans.  

Abstract
We report transmission of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) in July 2008 through nonpasteurized goat milk to 6 humans and 4 domestic pigs in an alpine pasture 1,500 m above sea level. This outbreak indicates the emergence of ticks and TBEV at increasing altitudes in central Europe and the efficiency of oral transmission of TBEV.

http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/15/10/1671.htm

The CDC found the report worthy of posting on their web site.  Yet, on the same CDC web site, they then stated that there is no credible evidence that Lyme can be contracted from food.  This assessment certainly does not seem kosher. 

So, here we go again: 

  1. we had to endure 9/11 to recognize that the FBI and CIA leadership was incompetent;
  2. we had to endure Katrina to recognize that the FEMA leadership was incompetent;
  3. we had to endure Madoff to recognize that the SEC was incompetent; and
  4. we had to endure the oil disaster in the gulf to recognize that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is incompetent. 

Do we need to endure a similar situation with the CDC? Or are they going to educate the public on all the potential LD threats beforehand?   And by the way, how well did the CDC handle the AIDS epidemic?

“Dr. Curran (CDC – 1981) said there was no apparent danger to non homosexuals from contagion. ‘The best evidence against contagion’, he said, ‘is that no cases have been reported to date outside the homosexual community or in women'” – The New York Times

What’s truly unfortunate is that the majority of the employees in these organizations are highly conscientious; highly professional; and hard working.   It seems like the ambitious, competitive, self-serving few rise to the top with their complacency, politico, and ego.  They of course, poison the well for everyone. 

My hat goes off to the hard-working professionals at these agencies.  And to the leadership of the same agencies: “Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries!”[1] 


[1] From the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975)

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~ by Rob on May 13, 2010.

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