l. NY Times reports that it is unusual to find a stethoscope in EBOV treatment centers in West Africa. The risk of contamination and transfer of EBOV infection by ear buds or the face of the stethoscope is too great. In the U.S. EBOV HCW have used disposable ear buds and electronic microphones in place of stethoscope faces in EBOV isolation facilities. Each electronic stethoscope costs $500, but they are suitable for EBOV patient care. HCW take blood pressures on EBOV patients without a stethoscope, recording only the systolic pressure with a finger on the distal pulse. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/health/ebola-challenges-hands-on-tool.html?ref=health
2. The New Yorker 6 February has an article on phages (viruses which infect bacteria) which is really a book review of ‘Life in Our Phage World’ by Rohwer and Youle. The book review is informative and the photograph beautiful. The review includes a short discussion of ‘viral dark matter’, See: http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/phage-killer-viral-dark-matter?intcid=mod-latest. Amazon.com has a ‘Look Inside’ click for the book; the illustrations are hand-drawn and dramatic. All 4 reviewers call this book both ‘science and art’.