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November 19, 2014

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4:33 PM | Saudi MOH Reports Al-Kharj MERS Case (Fatal)
    # 9344   The Saudi MOH has announced another MERS case from Al-Kharj, already a fatality, that of a 99 year-old with apparently history of animal exposure.   Yesterday’s case announced case from the same region has also died.    This makes the third MERS fatality from Al-Kharj in less than a week.    
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4:17 PM | 15 Hours of Science on a Comet
Early on Wednesday morning the European Space Agency completed another milestone in a ten year journey to study Comet 67P know as Churyumov-Gerasimenko by successfully dropping a laundry machine size lander from an orbiting satellite. ESA has been touting…The post 15 Hours of Science on a Comet appeared first on Just Science.
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1:06 PM | mBio: Not All LPAI Flu Subtypes Are Created Equally
Credit NIAID     # 9343   Until avian H7N9 showed up a couple of years ago, LPAI (Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza) in birds was considered to constitute a minor human health threat, and our concerns were mostly they would evolve into HPAI (highly pathogenic) strains – with most of that concern focused on H5 and H7 subtypes.   H7N9 showed us that an avian influenza could be LPAI in birds and yet extremely pathogenic in humans. Furthermore, in the summer […]
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11:54 AM | Egypt: 2nd H5N1 Fatality In Two Days
Credit Wikipedia   # 9342   Over the past three days we’ve seen 3 H5N1 human infections announced out of Egypt; one child and two adults (see here and here).  It should be noted that this is not the same (H5N8) strain that has recently turned up in Europe, which is believed to present a vastly lower public health threat. On Monday we learned that the first adult announced– a 19 y.o. – had died.  Late yesterday, it was announced that the […]
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9:49 AM | Indian Ebola survivor- Quarantined.
Greetings    Seldom have I got the chance to talk about any topic again and again in this blog that has only attracted more readers. Oh yes, You got it right. Once again, talking about Ebola 2014. When the outbreak began, it wasn't predicted by any that this would be such a mega outbreak. As of on November 11, 2014 a total of 14,383 Ebola cases have been reported as of November 11 from three West African countries (Source). The media attention that has been received is […]
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2:42 AM | Steak tartare is the food porn dish of the moment
I’ll take food safety advice from Vogue when I start dressing hipster or listen to Madonna. Yet according to Vogue, steak tartare appeals to a sophisticated kind of adult who knew where to find his or her pleasure. Raw meat … Continue reading →
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2:12 AM | UK student needs second kidney transplant 20 years after eating E. coli O157 contaminated cheese
A student who almost died after eating a contaminated cheese sandwich as a toddler has been told she needs a second kidney transplant. Lois Reid fell desperately ill when she was two years old. But a transplant at the age … Continue reading →
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1:56 AM | Indian cricket team gives Australia food for thought in bid to take spice out of test series
Cricket may be more boring than baseball, but at least the wealthy team from India knows what it wants in food safety, and will bring a private chef to Australia this summer. Only mild curries such as butter chicken are … Continue reading →

November 18, 2014

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10:33 PM | Cafeterias in Boston hospitals get failing grades
Boston is home to many of the nation’s best hospitals, but the I-Team discovered some of these institutions may not always be as careful with the food they serve as they are with patient care. The I-Team obtained inspection reports … Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | Hepatitis A in fresh vegetables a hidden health risk in Pakistan
The purpose of the current study was to evaluate fresh vegetables raised on the fecal contaminated water for the detection of Hepatitis A virus HAV by PCR method. Twenty nine samples were collected from 13 different locations of district Mardan … Continue reading →
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9:54 PM | Really? Freezing reduces Campy in chicken
As super professor Schaffner would say, I’d like to see the risk assessment for this. Food safety experts have suggested that freezing chickens during processing for human consumption could vastly reduce the chances of people catching a food poisoning bug. … Continue reading →
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9:42 PM | Raw eggs part of Australian food snobbery, not safety
Better Homes and Gardens on Australian TV Channel 7, is typical food porn laced with bad food safety advice. During an episode on Oct. 24, 2014, Melbourne chef, restaurateur and food writer Karen Martini, someone who has been cooking professionally … Continue reading →
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7:46 PM | Nosetretcher alert: Simplified explanations blur understanding of food industry
Dorothy Farrell, a columnist for something called Pipe Dream, writes that, “As I grew up, I discovered that most hamburgers come from a place called a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). Many of those animals do not enjoy simple luxuries … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Five of family ill after eating at Qatar outlet
Five members of a family took ill after eating food from a restaurant in Al Aziziya suburb of Doha and are recuperating in hospital. They were rushed for emergency care after they began vomiting and complained of stomach upset and … Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | 3,000 Copenhagen kids get listeria-infested food
As many as 3,000 school children in 40 schools throughout Copenhagen were served listeria-infected food, city officials have warned. In a letter to parents, the City of Copenhagen said that listeria was found in tzatziki served to school kids as … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | Saudi MOH: Another MERS Case In Al-Kharj
  # 9341   A week ago, in Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case In Al-Kharj, we saw the second announced case in the past month from that region, a 70 year old who was reported to have died last Thursday.   Today, we’ve another case, an 84 y.o. female, with few details offered.  
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5:47 PM | Biomarker Profiling in Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
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5:25 PM | H5N8: A Case Of Deja Flu?
Three recent Outbreaks Of H5N8 # 9340   For those of us who have been covering avian influenza for a decade or more, the detection of avian H5N8 – a newly emergent influenza virus previously only seen in Korea and far eastern China –  in three recent outbreaks in Europe is somewhat reminiscent of the great bird flu diaspora of 2005-2006.   Up until the middle of 2005, the H5N1 virus – which first appeared in China in 1996, and sparked an outbreak […]
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2:58 PM | Defra: H5N8 Confirmed In Yorkshire
Yorkshire – Credit Wikipedia     # 9339   Although it has been widely suspected for the past couple of days, in the past few minutes Defra (UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has confirmed that the outbreak of bird flu at a Yorkshire duck farm is of the same subtype as the recent outbreaks at poultry farms in Germany and the Netherlands.   Avian flu (bird flu) outbreak in duck breeding farm in Yorkshire Defra has confirmed […]
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12:10 PM | Egyptian MOH Reports Another H5N1 Case
Credit Wikipedia   # 9338   After a long dry spell with little or no reporting, Egypt’s MOH has announced their 3rd H5N1 human infection in three days.  On Sunday (see Egyptian MOH: Two New H5N1 Cases (Minya, Assiut)) the MOH reported a 19 y.o.woman in critical condition (now reported to have died) in Assiut, and a 3 y.o. child in Minya in good condition.   Yesterday there were also media reports yesterday suggesting a 30 y.o. from Minya was also infected. […]

November 17, 2014

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10:42 PM | Navel-gazing Newsflash
A few quick updates on Belly Button Biodiversity and related projects: Azeen Ghorayhshi recently wrote a short bit for Wired Magazine UK recently about Belly Button Biodiversity. You can now download and take a gander at the second and final batch of data from Belly Button Biodiversity. The available file contains both taxonomic information (OTU tables) and meta-data self-reported from our last batch of participants. These are the same data we used to generate the interactive pie chart. In late […]
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9:14 PM | A virus that melts sea stars
Sea stars are lovely marine invertebrates with a round central body connected to multiple radiating legs (photo credit). In the past year millions of sea stars in the west coast waters of North America have melted into piles of slime and ossicles. Sea star associated densovirus might be the cause of this lethal disease. Sea star wasting disease (SSWD) […]
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8:54 PM | A Sad Day for European Science
Over the past week, media headlines have been filled with disappointment over the EU Commission’s decision to cancel the position of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). The position has been held by Prof Anne Glover for the past two years and her term will not be extended. Many claim that by canceling the position the […]
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5:45 PM | TWiV 311: Bulldogs go viral
On episode #311 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits the University of Georgia where he speaks with Zhen Fu and Biao He about their work on rabies virus and paramyxoviruses. You can find TWiV #311, audio and video versions, at www.twiv.tv.
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4:06 PM | BacterioFiles 191 - Coats Compose Current Conduits
This episode: Bacterial nanowires are made of the cells' outer membranes! Download Episode (9.75 MB, 10.6 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Algae in low light can switch quantum light harvesting on or off Fecal transplants continue to seem like a great treatment for gut community imbalance Good gut microbe community seems important for survival after stem cell transplant Microbes on ocean plastic could have good and bad effects Bacteria could help […]
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1:53 PM | Referral: Mackay On Early Negative Testing For Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL   NOTE:  As I am posting this, NBC News is reporting the death of Dr. Martin Salia, who reportedly initially tested negative for the virus even after becoming symptomatic. Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska: Officials Dr. Martin Salia, an Ebola patient being treated in Nebraska, has died, medical officials said Monday. Salia was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and was airlifted to Nebraska on Saturday. He was the 10th Ebola patient […]
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12:48 PM | The threat of zoonotic diseases
While zoonotic EIDs are a major concern globally, their impact in less developed countries is disproportionately high. Continue reading →
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11:57 AM | Defra: Yorkshire Bird Flu Tentatively Identified As H5 Subtype
  Yorkshire – Credit Wikipedia   # 9336   Europe’s third bird flu outbreak in less than two weeks has been tentatively identified as an H5 variety – although further testing is required to nail down the exact subtype.  The two earlier outbreaks (Germany & The Netherlands) were both H5N8 – a new, upstart virus that previously had only appeared in Korea and Northeastern China.   Defra (the UK’s Department of Environment, Farming […]
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11:22 AM | CDC Updates Ebola Travel Warnings
Credit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel   # 9335   Although the number of Ebola cases in Mali remains small, unlike with their first introduction of the virus last month - local transmission has occurred and may still be occurring (see WHO Statement On 2nd Introduction Of Ebola Into Mali)- prompting the CDC to issue an updated travel Alert. Level 3 Warnings remain in effect for Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, while a Level 2 Alert has been issued for […]
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9:50 AM | One Health: UI grad’s passion has taken her all over the globe
We had lunch yesterday with a friend from Slovenia. She had been a researcher at a university there, and then moved to Brisbane and worked in the private sector before landing another research job at a uni. She said, Doug, … Continue reading →
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