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October 22, 2014

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9:22 PM | More demand for restaurant inspection info
From San Jose to South Australia, locals are adopting restaurant inspection disclosure or grading programs to inform diners of recent ratings. Beginning in Jan. 2016, San Jose restaurants will adopt the Toronto-like green-yellow-red display system. In the state of South … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | CDC Statement On Post-Arrival Monitoring Of Travelers From Ebola Impacted Countries
    # 9235   I wasn’t able to listen into today’s CDC press conference, but we have a short press release describing a new system – scheduled to go into effect next week – to actively monitor arrivals from Ebola affected nations for up to 21 days after they enter this country.   CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check […]
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5:48 PM | Advanced Topics in Cell Sorting
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5:06 PM | WHO Ebola Roadmap # 9 – Oct 22nd
  # 9234   The World Health Organization has released their 9th update to their Ebola Response Roadmap, indicating that the total number of cases is now just shy of 10,000 infections.  There are, of course, significant gaps in surveillance and reporting, and so these numbers are likely to be a substantial undercount.   Below I’ve posted some excerpts from the 12-page PDF report.  Follow the link to read the report in its entirety.   SUMMARY […]
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4:49 PM | The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future
Umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years, but a crouwdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is looking to change that. The Air Umbrella is a real”invisible umbrella”, which takes advantage of the air flow it produces as shelter from…The post The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future appeared first on Just Science.
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4:49 PM | Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear
Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear. Though it’s probably something that most people are unfamiliar with, he was named after the real Christopher Robin’s (that’s right, there was a real life Christopher Robin)  teddy bear . But surprisingly,…The post Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear appeared first on Just Science.
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3:29 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 1 New MERS Case, 1 Fatal Case
# 9233   The uptick in MERS cases reported out of Saudi Arabia continues today with the announcement of a new case in Madinah.  We are also informed of a fatal outcome in a patient previously reported from Taif.  
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2:52 PM | Microbe-themed art of the month: Seung-Hwan Oh portraits w/ mold
OK this is pretty cool (from a microbe-art-science point of view): An Artist Who Paints Portraits With Mold | WIRED.  Seung-Hwan Oh "had to set up a micro-fungus farm in his studio" and he puts film in a warm wet environment (note to self - there could be a new human microbiome aspect of this project depending on what warm wet environment is chosen) and sometimes seeds the system with some mold.  And then he lets nature do its work.See more about his Impermanence works here. […]
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2:06 PM | Video: The Emory Ebola PPE Doffing Protocol
    # 9332   Earlier today, in The Ebola PPE Demonstration Video we looked at the CDC’s recommended PPE doffing procedure when using an N95 respirator, hood and gown, a technique used at the University of Nebraska Medical Center when treating Ebola cases.   Emory University has also treated Ebola cases, but utilizes PAPRs (Powered Air Purifying Respirators) and a `hazmat’ style suit for PPE, and therefore the doffing procedure is somewhat different. […]
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1:34 PM | ECDC Epidemiological Update – MERS In Turkey (ex KSA)
  # 9231     Although there is nothing confirmed yet, Turkish media is reporting that several `suspected’ MERS cases with recent travel history to Saudi Arabia are under investigation (see FluTrackers thread), and the Turkish MOH has stated they are following up on contacts of their single confirmed imported case (see Turkey Announces MERS Fatality – ex KSA). Today the ECDC published the following epidemiological update on this latest exported MERS case […]
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12:59 PM | The Ebola PPE Demonstration Video
  NOTE: For the PAPR Version used at Emory University, you can watch the Video: The Emory Ebola PPE Doffing Protocol   # 9230   For those who missed it, the 25 minute PPE demonstration provided during yesterday’s Webcast Of HCW Ebola Training Session, has been archived and is available for view on the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) website. This demonstration is a `must see’ for every healthcare worker in the country.  […]
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10:58 AM | ECDC: Influenza Characterization – Sept 2014
Credit NIAID   # 9229   Although we tend to talk of seasonal H1N1, or H3N2 (or the B viruses) as individual entities – in truth within each subtype there are many clades and variants, and they are all evolving over time. The more `biologically fit’ strains tend to succeed, while less fit viruses fade away.    Geographically, these viruses can vary widely, and so the dominate strains in Europe may differ from the dominant strains in North America or […]
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10:49 AM | US pro football player barfs on field before play
I loved playing linebacker in high-school football. After all those years of kids shooting pucks at my head covered only with a lousy plastic face mass as a goalie in hockey, it was somehow, equitable. I never barfed during a … Continue reading →
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6:48 AM | Salmonella in sprouts sparks Organic Traditions brand sprouted flax seed powder recalled due to Salmonella
Sprouts, especially the organic kind, you never fail – fail to initiate recalls. Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products … Continue reading →
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2:49 AM | (This is not satire) 363 sickened in multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks (final update)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: This outbreak appears to be over. However, live poultry, including those kept in backyard flocks, remain an important cause of human Salmonella infections in the United States. More information about Salmonella from live poultry and … Continue reading →
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2:39 AM | (This is also satire) Terrorists threaten to attack UK by washing uncooked chicken
The terror threat level to the UK has been raised to the highest level since the Iraq war after suspicions grew that terrorists might have been reading all the recent articles about the deadly peril of washing uncooked chicken. It … Continue reading →
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12:49 AM | Hundreds of U.S. bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy
Allison Young of USA Today reports that more than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, government reports obtained by USA … Continue reading →

October 21, 2014

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8:45 PM | Food Safety Talk 69: Laura Nelson and Jay Neal
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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8:02 PM | A Tale of Two Hemlocks
I have never poisoned anyone. I recently learned that if I were to try, I would be very bad at it. The hemlock I thought was poisonous turns out to just have an unfortunate common name. And rather than brewing up a batch of tainted tonic, I would apparently make my intended victim an aromatic cup of tea loaded in Vitamin C. While hiking around the Appalachians this past weekend, I spied tons of hemlock trees. “What a great post for October and Halloween… Hemlock!” I thought […]
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5:55 PM | How Firestone controlled Ebola virus disease in Liberia
When the first case of Ebola virus infection was detected at the Firestone Liberia, Inc. rubber tree plantation in March of this year, the company needed to prevent the virus from spreading among their 8,500 employees. The company established an incident management system, developed procedures for early detection of infection, enforced infection control guidelines, and […]
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2:51 PM | Saudi MOH Announces Another MERS Case In Taif
# 9228 Yesterday, in Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif and  Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?, we looked at the recent uptick in MERS cases – particularly in and around Taif.     While the numbers don’t come close to the level we were seeing last spring in Jeddah, today we have what appears to be the 15th case reported from that area over the past 6 weeks.  
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2:46 PM | Jet Lag, Weight Gain and the Human Microbiome
Let’s face it, jet lag sucks. International flights between time zones leave us tired, moody and possibly even fatter. While the mechanism underlying jet-lag associated weight-gain has been a mystery, a recent study out of the Weizmann Institute in Israel has uncovered a very interesting finding. Gut bacteria, which is often considered one of the […]
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12:24 PM | Webcast Of HCW Ebola Training Session Today – 10 am EDT
    # 9227   The first tenet of the CDC’s updated Interim Guidance for HCWS on working with Ebola patients stresses the importance of taking training prior to encountering an Ebola patient: Prior to working with Ebola patients, all healthcare workers involved in the care of Ebola patients must have received repeated training and have demonstrated competency in performing all Ebola-related infection control practices and procedures, and specifically in […]
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12:02 PM | Chili’s restaurant cook fired for shirtless kitchen selfies in Florida
One of my favorite food writers, Tina Nguyen, reports for Mediate, that a Chili’s line cook in Florida was fired this week after photos emerged of him taking shirtless photos in a restaurant, and no, we didn’t make this story … Continue reading →
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11:25 AM | Ebola Preparedness Webinar For EMS Personnel
Columbus Fire Department Medic 7 - Wikipedia   # 9226   As part of their continuing efforts to prepare frontline medical personnel on what to do if they are presented with a possible or suspected Ebola case, the CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will hold a webinar tomorrow afternoon geared for EMS personnel.   Webinar: Ebola Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services ASPR and CDC staff will discuss the previously […]
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11:19 AM | One child dead, 2 sick from E. coli in Oregon E. coli; parents desperate for answers ask was it a goat named Cathy?
The parents of a Lincoln County girl, Serena Profitt, who died last month of shiga-toxin producing E. coli, say public health officials suspect the 4-year-old was infected by droppings from the family’s goat. But Rachel Profitt told The Oregonian lab tests … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | Who doesn’t buy canned beets from a gas station?
It was somewhere around 2000 when Chapman accompanied me on a two-week whirlwind tour of Australia and New Zealand, speaking on a variety of topics, sampling kangaroo, and initially staying at a bed and breakfast in East Gippsland on a … Continue reading →
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9:50 AM | CDC: Updated Interim PPE Guidance For HCWs Dealing With Ebola
Credit CDC   # 9225   The updated CDC guidance on donning and doffing PPEs when working with suspected or confirmed Ebola cases - which we previewed last night (see CDC Announces Stricter PPE Recommendations For Ebola) - is fleshed out in the following document posted overnight on the CDC’s Ebola web portal. When you return you’ll find a short listing of non-CDC online resources (listed on the CDC site) with experience dealing with Ebola.     […]
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1:56 AM | We’re all hosts on a viral planet: Scientists unlock exact structure of Hepatitis A
That was barroom discussion in graduate school 30 years ago, but not all hosts die because then there’d be no where for the viruses to have babies.. Heady stuff. Scientists have announced that for the first time, they have determined … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | Blame it on the (chicken) juice — enhances surface attachment and biofilm formation of Campylobacter
We were having dinner with friends Sunday night, and they do a Chinese-style cooking that is light and yummy, but I noticed a lot of cross-contamination going on during the prep (can someone please come up with a better name … Continue reading →
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