Reducing Exposure to Harmful Pathogens

From Lifestyle is the Best Medicine podcast notes for episode 2, season 1.

Have you read the classic book, or seen the Walt Disney movie Old Yeller? For those who aren’t familiar with the story, its setting is 1860s rural Texas. (If you remember from the last episode, this is around the same time we were making great advances in our understanding of what pathogens were, how they made us sick, and what we could do to prevent so much sickness.) Well Old Yeller was the family dog, a fun-loving, hard-working Labrador Retriever. After a series of adventures the movie ends with Old Yeller having to defend the family against a rabid wolf. During the fight, the wolf bit Old Yeller. After becoming infected with rabies, the dog became a threat to the family and because of that threat, the family shot and killed the beloved family dog Old Yeller.

Maybe I should gave issued a spoiler alert for those of you whose parents turned off the show before that tragic scene and told you, “…And they all lived happily ever after.” But the virus that causes rabies and the many other deadly