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20 Dec 2011 19:43


U.S.: U.S. Government: Don’t let homemade version of bird flu get beyond lab

  • It’s very important research. As this virus evolves in nature, we want to be able to rapidly detect … mutations that may indicate that the virus is getting closer to a form that could cross species lines more readily.
  • National Institute of Health science policy director Dr. Amy Patterson • Discussing a lab-produced version of bird flu that NIH officials have warned should not get out of said labs. The reason? It apparently can spread very easily among mammals — leading to fears that terror groups could get a hold of the virus and use it for biological warfare. Which of course is exactly the kind of thing non-sciencey folks love hearing. The NIH, however, says that releasing reports in scientific journals on the disease could ultimately help us understand more about the disease in the long term. We’re seeing flashbacks of this Dustin Hoffman movie in our heads right now. source

28 Sep 2011 10:23


U.S.: Deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes kills, sickens dozens

  • 13+ people killed in a deadly listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes
  • 72+ people sickened by the worst outbreak in over a decade source
  • » Not like E. Coli or Salmonella: While those diseases are more well-known because outbreaks happen more often, listeria is deadlier, especially for those who are elderly, pregnant or have a weakened immune system. And the disease often manifests itself in a way that makes it tough to detect immediately. “That long incubation period is a real problem,” said the CDC’s Dr. Robert Tauxe. “People who ate a contaminated food two weeks ago or even a week ago could still be falling sick weeks later.” The cantaloupes, from Colorado, were sold in 25 states between late July and early September.

07 Feb 2011 12:57


U.S.: This week in international disease transplantation

  • 3 cholera diagnoses in New York City, by way of the Dominican Republic source

24 Oct 2010 10:04


World: Haiti: Cholera death toll rising

  • 200+ dead from cholera epidemic in Haiti source

15 Sep 2010 11:10


Biz: That Iowa egg farm knew it had prior salmonella issues

  • 426 salmonella detections in less than two years source

26 Aug 2010 10:35


U.S.: Egg recall expands again: You jerks buying cage-free organic yet?

  • 2 new store brands have been added to the recall list source

20 Aug 2010 11:01


U.S.: Egg-beaters: Salmonella cases way up since egg outbreak started

  • 1,953 cases of egged-on salmonella from May to July
  • 700 the normal number of cases during a period like that source
  • » Also good to note: It sounds like a lot of eggs, but based on the 6.5 billion eggs delivered in April, if similar amounts were shipped between May and right now, that 380 million would account for around 1.6 percent of the total shipments in the last three and a half months. It’s bad, but much less bad than one would think.

13 Jul 2010 12:28


U.S.: FYI: Salsa or guacamole + low standards = Food poisoning

  • 1 out of every 25 outbreaks since 1998 is due to the zesty dips source

22 Jun 2010 10:44


U.S.: “Eat fresh” questionable slogan for Subway in salmonella outbreak

  • 97 people sickened from an Illinois outbreak; no deaths yet source

16 Jul 2009 15:43


World: Summer camp: a week of sunburns and heartbreak…and swine flu!?

  • 3 Canadian summer camps hit with a swine flu outbreak source