West Nile Virus, Polio cases in US, College sports

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Two animals in Wisconsin were recently found to be infected with West Nile Virus. We talk to a vectorborne disease epidemiologist about why, and what to do to protect yourself. Then, we look at the reemergence of polio in parts of the U.S. with an immunologist. And, a sports media expert joins the show to talk about how name-image-likeness deals are impacting college sports.

Featured in this Show

  • West Nile Virus in Wisconsin

    West Nile Virus has been found in two animals in Wisconsin. A vectorborne disease epidemiologist joins us on the show to talk about how West Nile Virus is spread through mosquitoes and what to do if you’re infected.

  • Polio reappears four decades after putative U.S. elimination

    The poliovirus was considered eliminated in the U.S. in 1979. But in July of 2022, the virus was found in New York state wastewater, stoking concern among public health officials of a possible resurgence. An immunologist explains why polio cases are happening again and the history of the destructive disease.

  • How Name-Image-Likeness deals are affecting college sports so far

    A new “Varsity Collective” of UW alums and donors has entered the NIL space, claiming to be a service to helping student-athletes navigate some of the chaotic waters left by the NCAA refusing to put forth much in the way of guidance for how these players may profit off of their name, image and likeness. We talk about the current landscape of NIL, and how “collectives” of this nature are functioning at other institutions.

Episode Credits

  • Lee Rayburn Host
  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Trina La Susa Technical Director
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Rebecca Osborn Guest
  • Rosemary Rochford Guest
  • Ellen Staurowsky Guest

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