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November 08, 2014

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8:23 PM | Food safety issues shut Irish shop
A closure order was served on a New Ross shop due to a grave and immediate risk to the public’s health. Farmpak, located at 68 Irishtown, was visited by environmental health officers, accompanied by Gardaí, on the afternoon of Thursday, … Continue reading →
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8:17 PM | Australian cafe reopened after Hepatitis A alert
Health authorities sanitized a Noosa cafe for five hours after an employee triggered a Hepatitis A alert. Queensland Health is urging anyone who dined out or used the toilet at the Beach Chalet Shop at Sunrise Beach between October 10 … Continue reading →
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8:05 PM | 150 villagers taken ill for suspected food poisoning in India
At least 150 villagers were taken ill after eating food at a death ritual in Kalyan area, police said today. According to API S B More of Bazarpeth Police Station in Kalyan, the incident took place late last night after … Continue reading →
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2:31 PM | Back To The Camel `Shed’
  # 9300     Sometimes studies are published, and for whatever reason, they don’t get the immediate attention they deserve.  Often, it is because we are otherwise occupied with a bigger story, such as the media was during the last week of September when Ebola was the only infectious disease story people were really interested in.   Little noticed at the time, was the publication in the CDC’s EID Journal of an important study on MERS-CoV […]
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5:24 AM | Microbiome- Dwelling a little deep
Greetings      Everyone is familiar with the nomenclature "Normal flora". They represent a set of microbes that inhabit us. Estimates have claimed that there are nearly 10 times more microbes in human body than the cells. Debates exist as to if this is true or an exaggeration. But it is irrelevant at this point. It is for sure however that they interact and influence our cellular machinery. Their influence is studied in terms of Immunological signatures, neurobiology, oncogenesis […]
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3:31 AM | 41 sick including 17 deaths in Denmark’s listeria outbreak
Almost three months after the confirmation of a listeria outbreak that has claimed a total of 17 lives, another new patient has been infected. The listeria outbreak that began in August is not fully contained yet.  The Danish State Serum … Continue reading →
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3:24 AM | Ciprofloxacin resistant Campylobacter in broiler chicken in Canada
This case study outlines the patterns of ciprofloxacin resistance in Campylobacter isolated from retail chicken meat in Canada. Campylobacter is the third most common cause of foodborne enteric illness in Canada; it usually causes a self-limited illness, but in some cases antimicrobials may … Continue reading →
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3:21 AM | Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in Canada: Retail food highlights, 2003-2012
The Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) is a collaborative, integrated program designed to track antimicrobial resistance (AMR) among enteric bacteria isolated from various livestock commodities along the food-producing continuum (“farm to fork”) and in humans. Objective: To provide … Continue reading →
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3:08 AM | 2 dead, 3 sick from Listeria; sprouts strike again
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection: CDC recommends that consumers do not eat any products produced by Wholesome Soy Products, Inc. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve them. On August 28, 2014, Wholesome Soy … Continue reading →
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12:27 AM | A Return to Blogging: The Year in Review
After a nearly year absence, Just Me and Eubacteria is back! The past year has been a busy one, not only for science but also for this humble author: I have moved from adjunct positions at several institutions to a full-time professor position at Kingsborough Community College, where I teach several courses (including Microbiology in Health and Disease). I am also engaging in starting my own research projects at the College, with a focus towards translation, synthetic biology, and iGEM. On a […]

November 07, 2014

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8:32 PM | 27 sickened including 11 pregnancies in two outbreaks of Listeria, Northern Spain 2013
In the province of Gipuzkoa, Spain (≈700,000 inhabitants), 7–12 episodes of human listeriosis were recorded annually during 2009–2012. However, during January 2013–February 2014, 27 episodes were detected, including 11 pregnancy-associated cases. All cases produced sepsis in the patients, except 1 … Continue reading →
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7:47 PM | Benefit dinner to help Oklahoma family of child recovering from E. coli
Laura Harris said the community support she has felt since her son became ill has been overwhelming. “It brings you to tears to see how generous they are,” Harris said. “It makes you appreciate coming from a small town.” Two-year-old … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | 165 sickened: ‘Disease detectives’ trace last year’s hepatitis A outbreak to Turkish pomegranates
According to The Sacramento Bee, a mysterious outbreak last year of a foreign strain of hepatitis A set in motion a federal government investigation that led food-safety sleuths halfway around the world to Turkey. There, in a pomegranate grove, the … Continue reading →
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6:46 PM | CDC Stockpiling Ebola-Specific PPE Kits For Rapid Deployment
Packing PPE Container – Credit CDC   # 9299   The type (and quantities) of PPEs that are required to care for Ebola cases here in the United States are rarely stockpiled by regular hospitals, which makes it a challenge to ensure that all 5,000+ hospitals in this country can adequately handle an `Ebola walk-in’.   Although states and larger facilities are ordering extra PPE supplies, many are on backorder, and supplies are likely to be limited for […]
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6:19 PM | UK: Defra Preliminary Assessment On Germany’s H5N8 Outbreak In Poultry
# 9298   Yesterday’s surprise announcement (see Germany Reports H5N8 Outbreak in Turkeys) that an only recently emerged  subtype of avian flu has somehow turned up in Northern Germany has agricultural agencies scrambling to try to determine how it arrived in Europe, and just how much of a risk it poses to other poultry operations in the region.   Last spring we watched this new H5N8 virus emerge in South Korea, and spread to dozens of poultry farms, resulting in […]
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5:42 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases & Taif MERS Awareness Campaign
  # 9297   The pattern with MERS infections in Saudi Arabia appears to be the virus first jumps from a reservoir animal (almost certainly camels) to humans, and from there it spreads in a limited fashion in the community.  Family members, and those who are exposed when these infected individuals are hospitalized appear to be at greatest risk of contracting the virus.  For now, sustained and efficient community spread has yet to be documented, although some […]
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2:26 PM | WHO MERS Update – Nov 7th
    # 9296   The World Health Organization has posted an update on an additional 12 MERS cases reported out of Saudi Arabia between October 27th and October 30th.   As was the case in the last update (see WHO Update On MERS: Saudi Arabia – Nov 3rd), contact with camels seems to have have been less of a factor than we’ve seen in early reports.   Nosocomial transmission – including to healthcare workers – continues to feature […]
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1:38 PM | CDC Statement On LAIV Effectiveness Against H1N1 In 2013-14 Flu Season
  # 9296   There’s always a degree of uncertainty heading into every flu season as to whether the flu vaccines – whose strains are selected 6 months in advance – will prove effective throughout the entire season.  Flu viruses mutate over time – and minor strains that seemed insignificant in February can become dominant by November. Last weekend, in A `Drift’ In A Sea Of Influenza Viruses, I wrote about the rise over the summer in a […]
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1:28 PM | Trials funded by rich patients could help find cures for us all
Disease can affect any person, rich or poor. While your bank balance can’t really protect you from getting sick, it could potentially buy you – and many other patients – access to a better treatment for your disease. A new … Continue reading →
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11:35 AM | Texas & Ohio Quietly Reach End Of Ebola Contact Monitoring
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9295   This week marks the end of Ebola contact monitoring in the states of Ohio and Texas, as 21 days have now passed since the last known exposure to an infected patient.   The vigil in Ohio ended mid-week, while the one in Texas will end later today. Since the majority of those being monitored were extremely `low risk’ contacts, the risks to the community were always considered small. This should, however, offer some […]
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10:52 AM | Algal virus and Cognition- Is there a link?
Greetings    One of the most important accepted rule in the world of pathogens is the specificity of host. This rule is especially true when it comes to viruses. Most of the viral pathogens have a very restricted range of host. With drastic mutations, the virus maybe able to infect other hosts which are closely related to the original host. But, if I will cite an example of algal virus probably sitting in human throat, that would blow your mind of. And if I add to it that it may […]
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9:11 AM | Understanding the next Ebola virus rather than panicking about the current one
How emerging diseases emerge. Continue reading →
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1:58 AM | Then it’s time to rock: NZ prosecutors withdraw charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd for ‘procuring a murder’ due to lack of evidence
Food safety, rock and roll, it’s a long way to the top …  
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1:37 AM | But it’s trendy: 5 kids sick in UK linked to raw milk
The food watchdog has issued a warning about the dangers of giving unpasteurised milk to children after five youngsters were taken to hospital with E.coli poisoning. The unpasteurised milk has become trendy among celebrity food writers and other advocates of … Continue reading →

November 06, 2014

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8:29 PM | Rehab Science Parody
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5:31 PM | Eurosurveillance: Acute Flaccid Paralysis Following EV-D68 Infection – France
CDC EV-D68 Fact Sheet   # 9294   In August of 2014, a seldom seen in North America non-polio enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) appeared in America’s Midwest and quickly spread across the nation, causing a wide spectrum of respiratory illness, predominantly in young children and adolescents (see Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68). At roughly the same time, a coincident rise in cases of neurological illness with AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) or limb weakness […]
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3:16 PM | ECDC MERS-CoV Epidemiological Update
  # 9293   After a brief lull in cases during the summer, case reports of MERS – almost all originating from Saudi Arabia – are back on the rise over the past 60 days, with most of the cases coming from either the Riyadh or Taif region.    Saudi officials have made repeated statements regarding these outbreaks and their response, including Saudi MOH On Recent MERS Cases In Riyadh earlier today.   The ECDC has produced an updated […]
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1:37 PM | Saudi MOH On Recent MERS Cases In Riyadh
  # 9292   Starting around the first week of September we began to see a slow uptick in MERS cases reported out of Saudi Arabia, after a relatively quiet July and August. While most of the activity seemed centered around Taif, over the past couple of weeks case reports out of Riyadh have increased significantly. Yesterday I mentioned the high degree of MERS `chatter’ on the Arabic language twitter feeds (search for  […]
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1:30 PM | The Most Common Bacteria in New York City Soils are Unnamed, Can’t be Grown, and Aren’t Being Studied and Probably Won’t be in the Conceivable Future
It is worth remembering, when deadly pathogens are in the news that most microscopic species are either of no consequence to human health and well-being or are beneficial. Also, they are unstudied. Take the case of Manhattan. Manhattan is a borough of a somewhat large city reported to be full of culture, intellectualism, and black clothes. Probably, these things are true. In my lab, we mostly go there to study insects and, more recently, bacteria. In considering the bacteria of Manhattan, we […]
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12:01 PM | Germany Reports H5N8 Outbreak in Turkeys
  # 9291   We’ve a surprising announcement overnight from German authorities that they’ve detected the recently emerged H5N8 virus at a turkey farm in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.   Although H5N8 is not currently known to infect humans, its emergence among European poultry could prove very costly to the poultry industry.   Detected avian influenza virus in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: H5N8 A known previously only from […]
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