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 […]
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 Slate.com, Mic.com and other sites, and is a member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.