When a man with extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is told not to board a plane and then does so anyway, you have to expect the public health bloggers to come out in force. Tara C. Smith at Aetiology has been on top of this from the start, first laying out the story, then explaining its implications, and finally letting readers know why indignation is necessary for responding to a case like this. Revere at Effect Measure explores the legal angle of isolation and quarantine, and provides details about air circulation in aircraft cabins; that blog also features a post about XDR-TB that was published just before this news hit the wires. The Examining Room of Dr. Charles and Cervantes at Stayin’ Alive chide us for focusing on the threat of contracting XDR-TB when we should be concerned about larger problems, and N=1 at Universal Health suggests that this kind of communicable disease problem might increase the U.S. demand for universal healthcare.

In a lead-up to the June 13th Leadership Forum on Pandemic Preparedness the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog. During its first week, bloggers – including Greg Dworking, founding editor of the Flu Wiki and Flu Wiki Forum – focused on the need to prepare; now, they’re looking at the roles different kinds of leaders can and should play.


Orac at Respectful Insolence reports that efforts are underway to save the Tripoli Six – six foreign medical workers arrested for allegedly intentionally infecting over 400 children with HIV in a Libyan hospital – from death.

Tim Lambert at Deltoid follows the trail of the Rachel Carson smear campaign back to none other than Big Tobacco.

Cocktail Party Physics reminds us that cholera is still a threat, and tells the stories of outbreaks in 1854 London and 1991 Buenos Aires.

Nandini Oomman at Global Health Policy notes that President Bush has proposed doubling funds for PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and cautions that the money will only have significant impact if funding decisions are based on evidence and implementation is responsive to countries’ needs.

The Olive Ridley Crawl welcomes the news that Brazil has offered to build an AIDS drug factory in Mozambique.

Tracy Clark-Flory at Broadsheet wonders if the finding that gender equality correlates to African women’s HIV risk will be greeted the same way that news about circumcision’s effects on HIV transmission was.

Nils Daulaire at RH Reality Check examines the progress that’s been made since the first global Safe Motherhood conference twenty years ago.

Steph Sterling at Womenstake applauds proposed U.S. legislation to prevent unintended pregnancies.

Climate Progress explains what’s wrong with the coal-to-liquid idea that lawmakers are so excited about.

Andrew Sharpless at Gristmill thinks fishing subsidies stink.

GrrlScientist at Living the Scientific Life introduces us to Marge, the world’s first nonfat dairy cow.