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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
transmission to animals and humans.
Mar 23, 2009 - 9:14:54 AM
Investigation Update: Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Infections, 2008 - 2009
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
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
At Least 336 Sick in Multi-State Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak
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
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
Nov 18, 2008 - 7:46:40 AM
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
Women’s hands are “dirtier” than men'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
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
DNA tests show chicken and cattle are major source of food poisoning
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
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
How do Lactobacilli treat Helicobacter pylori-related diseases?
Some studies have demonstrated
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 lipopolysaccharide (
H. pylori-LPS) is the major initiator in
IL-8 production via activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway
in gastric epithelia.
Sep 9, 2008 - 10:15:58 PM
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
Canada Continues to Detect BSE in Younger Cattle
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
Jun 27, 2008 - 10:55:08 PM
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
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
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
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
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
Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund infections in
humans. A total of 70 cases of
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
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
Foodborne illnesses not on the decline in 2007
In 2007, the estimated
incidence of infections caused by
Campylobacter, Listeria, Shiga
Escherichia coli O157 (STEC
, Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, and
Yersinia did not change significantly, and
Cryptosporidium infections increased compared with 2004--2006.
Apr 10, 2008 - 3:44:13 PM
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
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
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
Journal of Food Protection Publishes Two Articles on E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine Efficacy
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
Nebraska-Lincoln involving close to 900 animals in 2002 and 2003
Nov 13, 2007 - 7:16:51 AM
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
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
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
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
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
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