The information contained in this blog is the result of my many years of experience and does not necessarily represent the views or policy of any organization I belong to or work for.
So the question is who am I? How can I say anything about the environment? I have worked in the environmental field for over 30 years, in a local Health Department, a not for profit environmental agency, a private environmental consulting lab and at a big oil company. I have publish research papers on salt contamination from treatment discharges effecting well water and preemptive closures of bathing at beaches. I have presented at the American Public Health Association, The National Environmental Association, the Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the USEPA. I have been an expert witness for environmental issues in various legal proceedings and my research and the information has influenced policy makers on all levels of government. Finally, I have my Environmental R.S. License.
My work has not been confined to analytical chemistry or the environment since I deal with microbiology, entomology and epidemiology and a daily basis. I have worked with the Centers for disease Control (CDC), The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Environmental Protection agency (USEPA) and various Connecticut State Environmental and Health Agencies in each of their areas of expertise, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Aquaculture and the Department of Health.
No there is not a lot of Flu going around (see the CDC Flu map), but
Yes you knew there was an exception...
CDC confirms two human infections with novel influenza viruses
December 9, 2011 -- CDC has confirmed two cases of human infection with two different novel influenza A viruses in different states. Both patients have fully recovered. While the viruses infecting both patients have been found in U.S. swine and some of the prior human infections with these viruses have been associated with direct or close swine contact, there are no reports of direct or close contact with swine prior to illness onset in either of these cases. Laboratory testing at CDC has confirmed that both novel viruses are susceptible to the antiviral medications oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza®).