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November 14, 2014

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4:40 PM | MMWR Early Release: Multiple Dispatches On Ebola
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9324   I haven’t had time to read them yet, but the CDC’s MMWR has published the following half dozen Ebola-centric reports today.   MMWR Early Release November 14, 2014 / Vol. 63 / Early Release Evidence for a Decrease in Transmission of Ebola Virus — Lofa County, Liberia, June 8–November 1, 2014 Download Issue Evidence for Declining Numbers of Ebola Cases — Montserrado County, Liberia, […]
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3:40 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case In Riyadh
# 9323   The Saudi MOH is reporting a single MERS case today, that of a 58 y.o. Male, in stable condition and being treated at home, with `animal’ exposure.   The uptick in MERS Cases, which began in early September, continues with 16 cases reported thus far in November. While animal (primarily camel) exposure has been cited as a pathway for the virus to enter the human population, we’ve seen a good deal of (primarily) nosocomial spread of the virus as well, […]
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3:18 PM | ECDC: Rapid Risk Assessment On Portugal’s Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak
  Credit ECDC   # 9322   Yesterday, in WHO: Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak – Portugal, we saw the official announcement of one of the largest outbreaks of Legionella that we’ve seen inyears; more than 300 cases in a week’s time.  While not a record (Murcia, Spain saw 800+ cases in 2001), this is a very large cluster, and the outbreak is ongoing.   Based on the size and rapid growth of the cluster, the WHO called it a `major public […]
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2:44 PM | Microbiome- Follow up post
Greetings  In my previous post, I talked about the growing field of microbiome and tried to put important concepts of virome in a snapshot pattern. I realized that I should have cited more examples and some concentrated a bit more on microbiome, to get the reader a full picture. So, this post is a follow up for my previous post.First, let me revisit the debated question of microbiome. "Is it worth to call our microbiome a yet another organ"? This is a well discussed question with […]
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2:16 PM | WHO Advisory Committee Meeting On Experimental Ebola Treatments
  # 9321   Although there are a number of potential vaccines and therapies being looked at as possibly being effective against the Ebola virus, none have been adequately tested for both safety and effectiveness.  Some interventions – like ZMapp, and blood transfusions from recovered patients – have been tried, but the extent to which they worked isn’t clear.   Figuring out how to use utilize these treatments in the midst of a raging epidemic […]
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1:27 PM | The Secret Life of Starbuck
Have you heard that Cat Tracker has now launched on Long Island? We’ve recently downloaded tracks from our first set of Long Island felines. Meet Starbuck, a kitty from the suburbs of central Long Island. Starbuck’s home range may not reach as far as the local coffee shop, but this cat’s still pretty active. (Tracks are based on two consecutive 5-day tracking periods). Although coyotes haven’t yet established on Long Island, Starbuck does stick fairly close to home, not […]
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12:37 PM | TWiM #91: Rats, Viruses and Bacteria
Vincent, Elio, and Michele review a study of the viruses and bacteria in commensal rats in New York City.
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11:24 AM | ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment On H5N8 In Germany
H5N8 – A long way from home   # 9320   The recent, and quite unexpected arrival of avian H5N8 avian influenza at a poultry farm in central Europe (see Germany Reports H5N8 Outbreak in Turkeys) – less than a year after it first emerged on the Korean peninsula -  has set off multiple alarm bells across Europe and Asia.    This Highly pathogenic influenza  virus infected dozens of poultry operations last spring in South Korea, forcing the culling […]
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10:07 AM | Whole genome sequencing reveals potential spread of Clostridium difficile between humans and farm animals in the Netherlands, 2002 to 2011
Farm animals are a potential reservoir for human Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), particularly PCR ribotype 078 which is frequently found in animals and humans. Here, whole genome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis was used to study the evolutionary relatedness of C. … Continue reading →
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10:02 AM | Poultry retailers in Europe may be penalized if they sell Salmonella contaminated fresh meat
Ute Reindl is the manager of an Austrian branch of a supermarket (MPREIS Warenvertriebs GmbH). In 2012 a food safety body took a sample at that branch of vacuum packed fresh turkey breast processed and packaged by another company (MPREIS … Continue reading →
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6:54 AM | Son recalls how eating raw cookie dough led to one mom’s death
His mother died an agonizing death, possibly because she ate a few bites of raw cookie dough years earlier. Richard Simpson, of Las Vegas, recounted his mom’s painful battle with E. coli today at an FDA hearing about stricter regulations … Continue reading →
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5:37 AM | 18 sick in Salmonella outbreak at Slovenia school
A salmonella outbreak has affected a primary school in Slovenj Gradec (N), with a total of 14 children and four employees falling ill. This is the second salmonella outbreak in the town in the last three months.
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4:12 AM | Food Safety Talk 70: A Quick Overnight Servicing
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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1:44 AM | Gastro outbreak among G20 cops
Dr Jeannette Young’s worst nightmare may be coming true. In the days leading up to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Dr. Young, Queensland’s medical officer of health, warned that foodborne illness was a much bigger threat than terrorism. Today at … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | More Stompin’ Tom: Sewing needles now found in 10 P.E.I. potatoes
The first bar I got into underage with false ID was the Horseshoe Tavern to see Toronto-based Goddo, who I would later book at my high school when I was student council president (damn glad to meet you). Due to … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Maybe cook from frozen, using a thermometer to verify safety? Campylobacter exploits chicken juice to flourish
A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by ‘chicken juice.’ Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, “chicken juice”, provides these bacteria with the perfect environment … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | TWiM #91: Rats, viruses, and bacteria
Vincent, Elio, and Michele review a study of the viruses and bacteria in commensal rats in New York City. Visit microbeworld.org/twim for complete show notes. Thanks for listening!

November 13, 2014

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10:46 PM | 15 hospitalized in North Carolina after suspected food poisoning
I avoid potlucks like I avoid the plague: I don’t know how the person prepared the food or their general health status. Fifteen people were taken to hospitals Thursday morning after becoming sick at a U.S. Postal facility in west … Continue reading →
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8:03 PM | Campy is tops: Disease burden of foodborne infections in Denmark
Campylobacter is the foodborne bacteria that contributes most to the burden of disease in Denmark. This is the finding of a study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, which for the first time in Denmark ranks three … Continue reading →
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7:50 PM | Failing Forward in Graduate School
In life, failure is inevitable; in graduate school, it is guaranteed. The very nature of a graduate degree puts you into contact with failure on a regular basis, especially if you work in the lab attempting to do or show something that has never been seen before. Somehow, in the face of this failure we […]
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7:23 PM | Let Me Be Your Lab Slave
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7:05 PM | Protect those who protect our food
Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs, professors at Harvard Law School, write in the N.Y. Times that every year, 5.5 million people are sickened by norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal bug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading →
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6:51 PM | Inspector photos at Texas meat market expose roaches in sink, rodent droppings on rags
iPhones are wonderful, except when they get dropped in toilets. A camera in your pocket that can take pics, record video, and then immediately send it off. This one time, I was threatened by one of the crims living next … Continue reading →
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6:30 PM | Follow the poop: Stool analysis must to detect food poisoning
Of the 1,122 cases of common food-borne illnesses reported in 2013, 550 (48.9 per cent) were just recorded as food poisoning as the pathogens were not identified through culture tests. Hundreds of suspected food poisoning cases in Dubai go undiagnosed … Continue reading →
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5:41 PM | WHO: Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak – Portugal
Legionella Bacteria - Photo Credit CDC PHIL # 9319   Over the past few days I’ve noticed a few stories regarding an expanding outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease in a suburb of Lisbon, Portugal.  Today, based on the rapid growth and unusually large size of the outbreak, the World Health Organization has issued the following Disease Outbreak News report.   Legionnaires' disease – Portugal Disease outbreak news 13 November 2014 On 9 […]
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5:01 PM | Japan: H5N8 In Migratory Bird Droppings
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service   # 9318   The emergence last January of a new Highly Pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus in South Korea resulted in the destruction of more than 13 million birds in dozens of farms throughout the Korean peninsula.    Japan saw a brief incursion  last April (see Japan’s Avian Flu Outbreak Identified As H5N8), but forewarned by the Korean outbreak, as able to quickly contain that outbreak. Since then […]
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3:53 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 MERS Cases In Sakaka
# 9317   We’ve reports of a pair of MERS cases in Sakaka (pop. 242,000) , the capital of Al Jawf Province in the north of Saudi Arabia, and an area where we haven’t seen a lot of MERS activity reported previously.    One of the cases is reported in stable condition while the other has died. Neither are HCWs, and we’ve no details regarding onset dates, or possible avenues of infection.   Another fatality, the 70 year-old from Al-Kharj […]
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3:42 PM | Images From The Rosetta/Philae Landing
By now everyone knows,  humans have landed on a comet for the first time ever!!! It’s going to be quite exciting to see what we can find there. So far not much of the data gathered has been released. But here are some photos from the comet landing….The post Images From The Rosetta/Philae Landing appeared first on Just Science.
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3:41 PM | Algal virus associated with altered human cognitive functions
Many well-known human viruses, including poliovirus, rabies virus, West Nile virus, can infect cells of the nervous system, leading to alterations in the function of that organ. Could a virus that infects algae also cause human neurological alterations? Chloroviruses are large DNA-containing viruses that infect unicellular algae called zoochlorellae (pictured: image credit, ViralZone). Unexpectedly, chlorovirus […]
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2:05 PM | EID Journal: Triatoma Human Blood Meals & Potential For Chagas Disease – Louisiana
  # 9316   Last July, in EID Journal: Shelter Dogs as Sentinels for Trypanosoma cruzi – Texas, we looked at a unique seroprevalence study looking for the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Left untreated, this infection can progress to serious chronic conditions over years or decades,  which can include cardiac and intestinal complications.   Recently the CDC listed Chagas as one of five important Neglected Parasitic Infections in the United States. The […]
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