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Food & Health : Biological Agents
Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have demonstrated how a single-celled organism, living freely in the environment, could be a source of Salmonella transmission to animals and humans.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:14:54 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Investigation Update: Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections, 2008 - 2009
CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of human infections due to Salmonella serotype Typhimurium
Jan 27, 2009 - 1:24:21 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
What is the pathogenesis of C. jejuni-related disease?
Campylobacters are small Gram-negative spiral rods. Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni), a foodborne organism contracted from untreated water, milk and meat, especially chicken, is one of the most important causes of bacterial diarrhea worldwide. However, its mode of pathogenesis is not clear.
Jan 8, 2009 - 5:08:13 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
At Least 336 Sick in Multi-State Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak
A multi-state investigation with over two dozen states and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to identify the source of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Cases, some of which date back to October 2008, match each other by their DNA fingerprint (PFGE) and appear to have a common origin, the CDC said. In all, there are 336 cases nationwide have the same PFGE.
Jan 7, 2009 - 1:42:42 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Antibiotics Can Cause Pervasive, Persistent Changes to the Microbial Community
Using a novel technique developed by Mitchell Sogin of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) to identify different types of bacteria, scientists have completed the most precise survey to date of how microbial communities in the human gut respond to antibiotic treatment.
Nov 18, 2008 - 7:46:40 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Diarrhea bacteria on the rise in U.S. hospitals
It's more likely now than ever that you may get bacteria from hospitals that cause a common and sometimes deadly diarrhea, according to a new study.
Nov 12, 2008 - 11:37:57 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Women’s hands are “dirtier” than men's
Women's hands are dirtier than men's in terms of the number of species of microbes harboring on the palms, according to a new study published online Nov 3 in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Nov 4, 2008 - 12:06:10 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Foodborne Infection Originates in Meat and Poultry
Only 3 percent of cases were traced back to environmental contamination or wild animal sources, while 97 percent of cases were traced back to farm-raised chickens, cattle, and sheep.
Sep 30, 2008 - 8:19:19 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
DNA tests show chicken and cattle are major source of food poisoning
Farmed animals like cattle and chicken are the major sources of food poisoning caused by a type of bacterium called Campylobacter jejuni, according to results of new DNA tests which appear on September 26 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics.
Sep 26, 2008 - 7:25:31 AM

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Milk may help bacteria survive against low levels of antibiotics
Milk may help prevent potentially dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus from being killed by antibiotics used to treat animals, scientists heard today (Monday 8 September 2008) at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin
Sep 10, 2008 - 9:53:32 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
How do Lactobacilli treat Helicobacter pylori-related diseases?
Some studies have demonstrated H. pylori stimulates the release of interleukin-8 (IL-8) from gastric epithelia, which initiates inflammatory damage to gastric mucosa and plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of H. pylori H. pylori lipopolysaccharide ( H. pylori-LPS) is the major initiator in H. pylori-induced IL-8 production via activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway in gastric epithelia.
Sep 9, 2008 - 10:15:58 PM

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Sesame seed extract and konjac gum may help ward off Salmonella and E. coli
A new study in SCI's Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture shows that konjac gum and sesame seed extract may offer protection against different strains of E. coli and Salmonella bacteria.
Aug 5, 2008 - 8:04:56 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Canada Continues to Detect BSE in Younger Cattle
Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Service (CFIA) announced the detection of yet another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canadian cattle. CFIA reported that the infected animal was a 5-year-old Holstein cow from British Columbia, Canada, which would mean she was born in 2003.
Jun 27, 2008 - 10:55:08 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Deadly bird flu found in Hong Kong again
Hong Kong announced Wednesday that the government planned to kill all chickens in the retail market because of an ongoing deadly birth flu outbreak.
Jun 11, 2008 - 11:18:25 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Texas reports 56 cases of Salmonella illness
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in Texas issued a statement on June 6, 2008 saying that health officials are still investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of raw red tomatoes.
Jun 9, 2008 - 7:19:11 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul
Since late April, 40 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in Texas (21 persons) and New Mexico (19 persons). The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating 17 additional Salmonella Saintpaul illnesses.
Jun 3, 2008 - 12:41:55 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Dog food causes Salmonella outbreak: What you need to know
The U.S. government released a document on Thursday saying that the 2006-2007 outbreak of Salmonella sickening 70 people was caused by contaminated dry dog food.
May 16, 2008 - 9:21:47 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Caused by Contaminated Dry Dog Food
During January 1, 2006--December 31, 2007, CDC collaborated with public health officials in Pennsylvania, other states, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a prolonged multistate outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund infections in humans. A total of 70 cases of S. Schwarzengrund infection with the outbreak strain (XbaI pulsed-field gel electrophoresis [PFGE] pattern JM6X01.0015) were identified in 19 states, mostly in the northeastern United States.
May 15, 2008 - 1:32:10 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Newport Infections Associated with Consumption of Unpasteurized Mexican-Style Aged Cheese
During March 2006--April 2007, an outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections occurred predominantly among Hispanics in northeastern Illinois. Samples from 85 patients, one sample of Mexican-style aged cheese (cotija) from a local Hispanic grocery store (grocery store A), and milk from a bulk tank on a local dairy farm tested positive for S. Newport and had indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns. This report summarizes the investigation into S. Newport infections associated with this outbreak. The findings emphasize the need for regulatory authorities to ensure that dairy products, including Mexican-style cheese, are manufactured and distributed by inspected sources and highlight the need for culturally targeted education of consumers and grocery-store operators regarding risks associated with consuming unpasteurized dairy products.
Apr 29, 2008 - 8:18:57 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Foodborne illnesses not on the decline in 2007
In 2007, the estimated incidence of infections caused by Campylobacter, Listeria, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 (STEC O157) , Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia did not change significantly, and Cryptosporidium infections increased compared with 2004--2006.
Apr 10, 2008 - 3:44:13 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Holiday or Party Buffets
A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service where foods are left out for long periods leave the door open for uninvited guests -- bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to help you have a SAFE holiday party.
Feb 7, 2008 - 9:59:57 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Indonesian woman dies from H5N1 bird flu
Indonesia announced Monday that a woman from an area west of the capital Jakarta had died of bird flu, raising the human death toll from the lethal virus to 95, Reuters reported.
Jan 14, 2008 - 9:10:27 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Poultry workers at increased risk of carrying antibiotic-resistant E. coli
Poultry workers in the United States are 32 times more likely to carry E. coli bacteria resistant to the commonly used antibiotic, gentamicin, than others outside the poultry industry, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While drug-resistant bacteria, such as E. coli, are common in the industrial broiler chicken environment, this is the first U.S. research to show exposure occurring at a high level among industrial poultry workers. The results are published in the December, 2007, edition of Environmental Health Perspectives.
Dec 17, 2007 - 10:53:17 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Journal of Food Protection Publishes Two Articles on E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine Efficacy
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that two articles have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Food Protection, both in regards to the efficacy of the Company’s E. coli O157:H7 cattle vaccine. The two articles relate to field challenge studies conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln involving close to 900 animals in 2002 and 2003
Nov 13, 2007 - 7:16:51 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Salmonella Typhimurium Infection Associated with Raw Milk and Cheese Consumption --- Pennsylvania, 2007
In February 2007, the Pennsylvania Department of Health received reports, through routine electronic laboratory disease reporting, of two persons with recent laboratory-confirmed infections with Salmonella enterica serotype Typhimurium. Both persons had reported drinking raw (unpasteurized) milk from the same York County, Pennsylvania, dairy (dairy A).
Nov 8, 2007 - 11:19:12 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Key facts about MRSA infections in the United States
“MRSA” has been featured in the news and on television programs a great deal recently. MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This type of bacteria causes “staph” infections that are resistant to treatment with some antibiotics. For some expert advice about MRSA, we’ll be talking today with Jeff Hageman, an epidemiologist with CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.
Oct 25, 2007 - 8:03:36 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
Q&A: Drug resistant staph or MRSA
It looks like drug resistant staph, particularly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have started haunting more people than ever.   Just recently national attention has been drawn to cases of school students' infections of these pathogenic bacteria, making parents and school teachers to take serious note of this risk.
Oct 23, 2007 - 9:03:39 AM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
West Nile infects 39, kills 4 people in Illinois this year
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday annouced 14 additional human cases including one death from mosquito-borne West Nile virus, which were reported to the agency last week, bringing the total to 48 in the state for 2007.
Sep 26, 2007 - 8:05:13 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
West Nile virus still active, six Illinoisans infected last week
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported today that six more people in the state were diagnosed with mosquito-borne West Nile virus last week, bringing the total to 34 in the state for 2007. The total fatalities for the year were three, which remained unchanged last week.
Sep 19, 2007 - 5:55:54 PM

Food & Health : Biological Agents
West Nile kills 3 in Mississippi
The Mississippi State Department of Health on September 17 announced 17 new human cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus including two new deaths from the virus for the past week.
Sep 18, 2007 - 10:50:34 AM

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