Why You Shouldn’t Try to Catch That Fish in Your Living Room’s Flood Water

OK, I watched it too and smiled.  That astonishing home video of the Houston man diving into his flooded living room to try to catch a storm delivered fish with his bare hands made me laugh.  I think that video has gone viral. The comments to the posting I visited said things like "making the best of a bad situation."

Well, it could get a whole lot worse.  The way I see it, that fisherman diving around his living room was quite possibly swimming in cholera.  Now the New York Times sees it too.  Of course, when I first made the observation to my students I was not aware of the high number of Houston area residents who use individual home well water as their water supply. No, I'm not talking about town-owned and operated huge aquifer-replenished wells that sometimes date back to colonial times (though those may have some of the same issues) but the huge number of tiny individual wells associated with single homes.  The significance is that it is harder to monitor water quality with so many small wells pretty much exclusively under individual owner control.

Be afraid. When it was reported that Anheuser-Busch had switched production lines from beer to bottled and canned water, I wondered if anyone at FEMA was talking to the CDC about supplies of Vaxchora, the single dose oral cholera vaccine. 

Who is talking to PaxVax?  Vaxchora is not something many American households can afford to access easily at about $290 a pop.

I would like to hear how much Vaxchora is actually in the Strategic National Stockpile of vaccines. How many push packages are available today?



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