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Food safety jerk at the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute. Dunning-Kruger archetype, probably unshaven.

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UF/EPI buds: Spatial video to map covariates in epidemiological investigations: Case study on cholera in Haiti
Nice piece on the importance of integrating the epidemiology of vector-borne zoonoses by @DiseaseMapper
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@daytrotter @ArunChaud Such happy. Much wow. @ArunChaud Some Davenport IA friends of mine want to talk. Website w daily band sessions. Very indie. Great reach. @JohnNCoupland SO MANY DOCUMENTS
Yes, I clicked on "5 Gross Facts About Koalas." No, I was not prepared to watch baby koalas eat their mama's shit, in @PopMechโ€™s oral history of Challenger: Feynmannโ€™s famous O-ring test happened bc Sally Ride leaked the data:
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Wow, 2nd episode of the X-Files comeback is perfect. A pleasant surprise after a *really* underwhelming first episode.
20 foot Taenia saginata tapeworm found in a man who liked to eat raw beef @hotdogsladies @gruber Thank you, gentlemen. That was GLORIOUS. Can't wait for the 7 hour cut.#PAHO Statement on #Zika Virus Transmission and Prevention (via email)
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@bugcounter @eliowa @JohnNCoupland consider yourself tagged in the #researchemojichallenge ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ…๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฝ๐ŸŒก๐Ÿš‘๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘‰ ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ“‰๐Ÿ“‘โŒ›๏ธ๐Ÿ“„๐ŸŽ‰Holy crap this is amazing. I will see what I can do, though I fear it'll look much the same!'ll be giving a @FulbrightCanada talk for @uoEnvironment on Thursday January 28 - Details here:
Retweeted by Michael BatzAs the future owner of my stepdad's 1970 Chevelle SS hardtop, please do not show this to my wife. expert-based estimates of proportion of illnesses due to specific hazards that can be attributed to food
Also get older, I am less upset about injustice and more upset about fitted sweatpants.
Retweeted by Michael BatzFascinating case study teaching scientific inquiry by recreating the discovery of prion diseases
@ProfMajowicz They mean well but they can't lift for crap. @ProfMajowicz Patient reports a warm glow enveloped her entire body as 1000 angels carried her heavenward. Diagnosis: cheese breath. @RobersonMichael More like full of chรจvre. @RobersonMichael You're gorgonzola get it for that one. #sorrynotsorryI love this garbage Excel chart so much: "Years for optimal flavor" for condiment packets.
@Dr_Agent @ejwillingham @Scholastic Esp since the book is based on a real slave who DID flee to freedom, & did so on GWs birthday no less!This @Scholastic kids book about George Washington's happy slave chef is some bullshit to get rid of 3 words from the poster abstract. I'm going to delete the last 3 as everyone will have stopped reading by that point.
Retweeted by Michael BatzFascinating deep dive into data behind an xkcd comic. A great lesson for anyone working w/ messy data.
Came home from the bar. Ate some coleslaw. Drank some tomato juice. Man, Iโ€™m old. And weird. And old.Stories debunking best-by dates should at least *mention* Listeria risks w/ old lunchmeat, hummus, etc @99piorg
Giardiasis outbreaks in the US, 1971โ€“2011 - well-known foodborne risks: produce, restaurants, food workers
I love it when people rate books on Goodreads before they're even written. #stayclassy You literally can't spell chipotle without E. coli. Why did it take me so long to realize this?
Retweeted by Michael Batzโ€œIโ€™m here to kick ass and do paperworkโ€ฆ And Iโ€™m all out of oh hey nope still lots of paperwork sorry carry on thenโ€Prioritization of zoonotic diseases of public health significance in Vietnam
Brutal. Heart-rending. Important. One of the most powerful pieces of journalism Iโ€™ve read in a long time.
Interesting reflection on the new US Dietary Guidelines: via @juliaoftoronto
Retweeted by Michael BatzThis is the best: โ€œHow to detoxโ€
Dumb academics think they're so funny they don't need a "this is satire" disclaimer. This crap rots public trust. it. HATE IT. Fiddly, unreadable. Science dumbed down WAY too much. All that glitters ain't gold.! @JohnNCoupland Agree, but if it means fewer 9-part tweets in my timeline, I'll take it. (Also, maybe fewer crappy grainy photos of text?)Oregon "militants" want to discuss whose land that is? Fine, let's discuss broken treaties. That's Paiute land.
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Either researchers are clearing their desks, or journal editors theirs, cuz Iโ€™m getting CRUSHED with review requests this week. #hohohoOMFG yes! Apple will "solve TV" before Drag City streams, though. Latest Jim O'Rourke is FLAC only, no mp3s even. @PBones My favorite is the guy who bought a trash can... @PBones Literally every human being gets the code* *assuming everyone has bought or will buy *anything* from Amazon b/w 12/18 - 1/1.
@bugcounter @benjaminchapman New karaoke pick.
@fubini Lastly, if you use iTunes for your own music (iTunes Match etc), you will either love or hate how Apple mashes the two together. @fubini That said, Spotify is better for social - list sharing, editing playlists as a group, etc. Music selection about equal. @fubini I went from Rdio to Beats & stuck through to Apple. I am happy. Discovery is fun again, and I like the "radio" stations.Mast Bros non-denial denial is the most damning evidence of all
Evolving epidemiology of reported cryptosporidiosis cases in the United States, 1995โ€“2012 so much crap from folks when I was quoted in 2013 saying "I only eat shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico."'ve been avoiding farmed shrimp from SE Asia for years, long before I knew of this horrifying slavery"Modern-day slavery is often just part of doing business in Thailand's seafood export capital"
Retweeted by Michael BatzI may or may not have just eaten a spoonful of cake frosting as a snack. #thuglifeSpatial-temporal epidemiology of human Salmonella Enteritidis infections in Ontario, Canada, 2008โ€“2009 worst podcast episode ever would include: 1) Tech nerds talking about food 2) Tech nerds talking about music 3) PC Does Whaaaat ads
UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute is now on Twitter. Mostly kid pics & casserole recipes, but some science, too. is so great I am not going to make a joke about it. (You're welcome)
Retweeted by Michael Batz2/2 Press release on EU summary report: Campylobacter and Listeria infections still rising in the EU From EFSA and ECDC: EU summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in 2014
On the role of food in the transmission of Ebola
@eliowa @HartleyDM All rankings are wrong, but some are useful.These are the worldโ€™s most dangerous emerging pathogens, according to WHO
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This is why anti-vax propaganda matters, via @Voices4Vaccines
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@ddbetty @stevesilberman @EWErickson Wow. What a perfect encapsulation of ignorance parading as patriotism. China was our freaking ally!Standing room only @CDCgov @CDC_NCEZID for our talk on #AntibioticResistance and the food we eat.
Retweeted by Michael BatzDrink up, buttercup. issue of American Journal of Law and Medicine (May '15) on food policy, including food safety
Pretty much. "I don't like avocados" & folks bust out pitchforks, but it's true, they're gross. (I'm also mildly allergic.)
Graph: Global burden of foodborne disease by hazard groups and subregion Source (& labels): Global burden of foodborne disease per 100,000 and per case Source (& labels): Ranking of foodborne hazards globally for 2010 in DALYs. Source:'s global estimates of foodborne diseases show almost 1 in 10 ppl fall ill every yr from eating contaminated food
Retweeted by Michael BatzAlmost one third of all deaths from foodborne diseases are in children under the age of five years #SafeFood
Retweeted by Michael Batz.@WHOAFRO and @WHOSEARO regions hv the highest incidence & death rates due to foodborne diseases #SafeFood
Retweeted by Michael BatzDiarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of the global burden of foodborne diseases #SafeFood
Retweeted by Michael BatzDiarrhoea is often caused by eating contaminated raw or undercooked meat, eggs, fresh produce, dairy prods #SafeFood
Retweeted by Michael BatzA big day for some of us nerds: WHO releases global estimates of the disease burden of foodborne illness. global burden of foodborne disease... WHO report (255p): PLOS collection:, a mosquito-borne disease that seems to cause birth defects, is moving north and approaching the US border.
Retweeted by Michael BatzEstimating the burden of disease and the economic cost attributable to chikungunya, Colombia, 2014
"Any cutting boards or utensils that touched the turkey should also be stuffed inside the turkey at this point." boosts pathogen testing:
Retweeted by Michael Batz"Is double-dipping a food safety problem or just a nasty habit?" / Written by prof w/ link to the journal article.I love it: a dumb rule subverted via sneaky bureaucratic maneuver
@marcoarment I will be curious to see if linkable full text transcripts change how the internet rage machine engages w/ podcasting. @bugcounter @benjaminchapman Breakout:"Grow delicious and healthy insects in your home!" @benjaminchapman @ainzlie I breakout session at least once a day. Sometimes twice a day. If there's a lot to, uh, discuss.My day is complete thanks to this knife-wielding Arduino tentacle.
Retweeted by Michael Batz @ainzlie @benjaminchapman well, i suppose that gives new meaning to the term "breakout session." @benjaminchapman I personally love a good breakout. @barfblog and you embedded the pie chart image, you rotten son of a bitch!Thanks @barfblog for giving this cranky old man a chance to have the last word. And to curse in public, of course.
Oh the woes of translation, of being slightly misunderstoodโ€ฆ Fortune on riskiest foods
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