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Dr. Tara C Smith

Dr. Tara C. Smith

Dr. Tara C. Smith is the mother of 3 ranging in age from 1 to 15, and lives in rural Ohio. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist, currently on the faculty of Kent State University College of Public Health. Dr. Smith’s research generally focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which are transferred between animals and humans) and antibiotic resistance. She is also very active in science communication and outreach. She has maintained a science blog for 10 years, and has written books on Group A Streptococcus, Group B Streptococcus, and Ebola. She also writes about infectious disease for, and other sites, and is a member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.

UPDATE: Zika and Pregnancy – What You Need To Know

By March 21, 2016 No Comments

Active mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika Virus are being documented in several U.S. territories, a major change since the last time we updated our readers on the spread of the virus about one month ago. As of March 16, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported 258 travel-associated Zika infections on U.S. soil, meaning people who contracted the virus […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Pregnancy, Birth + Family Planning, Science 101 + Mythbusting

The Water-borne Vibrio vulnificus Bacteria: What Are the Risks?

By June 24, 2015 3 Comments

It’s already been a difficult year for beach goers on the east coast, as if shark bites on two different beaches in North Carolina weren’t bad enough now the most recent scare: what the media is calling a”flesh-eating bacteria” in Florida.  A recent report noted that 7 Floridians have been infected with the Vibrio vulnificus organism […]

Categories: Infectious Disease + Vaccines