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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 00:44

Public Health in the Time of Cholera: Enteric Disease Intervention with Christine Marie George

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Christine Marie George

Cholera is a severe diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae that can spread among human populations in large epidemics when water quality is poor.

Dr. Christine Marie George is an Associate Professor in the department of International Health and Environmental Health Engineering at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health who works to improve health in developing countries, including Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as in Native American communities in the U.S.

Dr. George talks about how the drive to prevent cholera and other enteric diseases in Bangladesh led to increased exposure to arsenic, how an educational intervention program focusing on family members of cholera patients leads to decreased disease, how intervention strategies utilizing mobile phone technology can improve public health, how meeting a friend from Navajo Nation while studying ground squirrels led her into her field of study, and how her first field study turned into a terrifying situation after a car accident.

The microCase for listeners to solve is about Frauke Farbissina, a college freshman who comes down with a dangerous illness while performing with the Gamma Jammas, her sorority singing group.


  • Karl Klose, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Christine Marie George, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health)
  • Janakiram Seshu, Ph.D. (UTSA)
  • Jesus Romo, Ph.D. (UTSA)

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Last modified on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:35
Karl Klose

Karl Klose, Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Texas San Antonio, the Director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), and host of microTalk. He oversees the research on infectious diseases that is carried out in his laboratory by undergraduate, Masters’, and Ph.D. students, as well as research staff. He also teaches microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students.

Karl is enthusiastic about enlightening people to the fascinating world of microbes.  He has given two TED talks on antibiotic resistance. He has been a visiting professor in Kolkata India and Valparaiso Chile.  He has spent the past two years visiting ASM branch meetings through the Distinguished Lecturer program.  You can find Karl on Twitter and you can find STCEID on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.