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October 09, 2014

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6:52 PM | Hepatitis A outbreak investigated in Wales
According to BBC News, a cluster of hepatitis A cases in Cardiff, Wales may be linked. Or maybe not. I can’t tell.  The children attend three different schools but there is no evidence at the moment of further transmission within … Continue reading →
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6:21 PM | Skipchen – translated as garbage bin kitchen – takes dumpster diving sorta commercial
Dumpster diving, or freganism, has been around for a while but the current movement gained momentum through restauranteur (and Against Me! drummer) Warren Oakes’ magazine, Why Freegan? Although we’ve detailed the movement a few times, a twist on things UK Chef Dylan Rakhra … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | Hepatitis E prevalent in French raw pork liver products
Hepatitis A is a commonly known pathogen in the food safety world – hepatitis E isn’t. There have  been a few papers detailing illnesses and outbreaks linked to the uncommon viral pathogen (mostly all out of Europe and Asia).The November … Continue reading →
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5:01 PM | ECDC Comment & WHO Update On Spain’s Ebola Case
    # 9170   Given that Spain’s locally-acquired Ebola case was considered a `low risk’ contact, and transmission occurred in a modern hospital facility that was aware they were treating an Ebola patient, and actually had previous experience doing so,  there is intense interest in just how she came to be infected.   While theories abound, it is possible we’ll never know for sure.   This nosocomial transmission has prompted […]
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4:56 PM | Tuberculosis vaccines- Story so far
Greetings   As has been argued by me in this blog every now and then, Tuberculosis is one of the major research question of global medical concern. One one hand there is an increasing problem of increasing antibiotic resistance, necessity to come up with new antibiotics and non adherence to treatment, on the other hand there is a great deal of need to come up with a better vaccine. BCG represents one of the finest vaccine in terms of the number of people administered, but also the […]
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4:29 PM | Inspiring Stories from the Bench
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4:23 PM | Food Safety Talk 68: We Found It In Wild Pig Feces
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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4:14 PM | Minnesota Ground Round closed due to community norovirus outbreak (whatever that means)
As a child of the 80s in Southern Ontario I grew up like many others: living for cross-border shopping trips to Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse and convincing my parents to buy my toys at Walmart and Hills (those were not … Continue reading →
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1:31 PM | EID Journal: Human Co-Infection with Avian and Seasonal Influenza Viruses, China
Credit AFD   # 9169   One of the concerns we have with novel influenza viruses – those that primarily infect non-human species – is that when they do jump to humans, they may occasionally encounter and interact with human influenza viruses, and produce a more `humanized’ hybrid virus.    A reassortant virus, with genes from both parental subtypes. We know this can happen in the wild, as reassortment is the route by which many new subtypes […]
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12:42 PM | Nobel Awards 2014
Greetings,Photo 1: Nobel medal. WikipediaNobel prize is a recognition, given for excellence in a field of work. Here is a list of people who are recognized for their work in science research under different categories. The award is now almost universally accepted as a recognition of finest of work, though it is questioned and disputed by some.     The birth story of Nobel award is based on the wish of Alfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments […]
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11:35 AM | Airport Screening Fact Sheet
  # 9168   Although it won’t detect asymptomatic carriers of Ebola (the incubation period runs up to 21 days) or those less than forthright about their previous Ebola exposures, the US has announced limited targeted screening of visitors with recent travel history to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone (see CDC Statement On Airport Screening Of Arrivals From West Africa).   While there are some benefits to this type of screening, no one should be overly reassured […]
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11:00 AM | Pictures Considered #20. Phages Attach by Their Tail
by Elio | In the early 1950’s it wasn’t clear yet if phages attach to bacteria via their head (sperm-like) or by their tail (syringe-like). Sounds simple but images showing both modes had been produced. In 1953, T. F. Anderson, one of the pioneers in the use of the electron microscope in microbiology…
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10:37 AM | CDC Update On Investigation Into Acute Neurological Illness Of Unknown Etiology In Kids
Credit CDC   # 9167   The audio and transcript from last Friday’s CDC COCA Call on  Neurologic Illness with Limb Weakness in Children have yet to be uploaded to the COCA site, but we do have a brief update on the ongoing investigation into recent reports of neurological illness and limb weakness which began around August 1st of this year (see Unexplained Paralysis Hospitalizes Children).   Almost two weeks ago the CDC released a HAN: Acute Neurologic […]
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9:09 AM | Viroids: Survivors from the RNA World?
A new review in Annual Review of Microbiology gives an excellent introduction to viroids. Continue reading →
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7:39 AM | Canadian potatoes recalled after possible tampering
Potatoes grown and packaged on a farm in Prince Edward Island are being recalled and RCMP are investigating after a metal object was found inserted inside a potato. On Oct. 6, P.E.I. RCMP were informed a potato in Labrador City, … Continue reading →
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7:21 AM | 160 sickened: Australian restaurant to face criminal charges for using raw egg mayo
Over a year after 160 people were sickened from Salmonella linked to raw egg mayonnaise, owners of the former Copa Brazilian restaurant have been charged with criminal offences over the largest salmonella outbreak in Canberra’s history. Many diners who ate … Continue reading →
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3:29 AM | Doing the right thing: Fancy Glasgow club apologizes for Salmonella outbreak
Eleven diners at the Glasgow club’s exclusive hospitality facilities during the Scottish Premiership clash between Celtic and Motherwell on Sunday, September 21 were stricken with Salmonella. A Celtic spokesman said: “We extend our sympathy to the small number of people … Continue reading →
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2:57 AM | ‘Poor hygiene is totally inexcusable especially when selling food’ UK ‘Cockroach takeaway’ closed
Four eateries closed in Ealing after being issued with emergency prohibition notices, closing them immediately, until officers were satisfied extensive pest control cleaning had taken place. A West Ealing takeaway was closed and ordered to pay costs of more than … Continue reading →
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2:37 AM | Irish pub closed after All Ireland hurling final due to ‘grave and immediate danger to public health’
Quinn’s Pub in Drumcondra was closed by the Health Service Executive for two days after the first All Ireland hurling final. The pub’s closure was one of 12 that was ordered by the Food Safety Authority Ireland in September under … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Fish fraud and safety in EU
Deficiencies in food safety controls governing the production and sale of Irish fishery products have been highlighted in an audit by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office. The audit, in May, included inspections of two fishing vessels, five landing … Continue reading →
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12:54 AM | Food fraud: Main suspect in Taiwan tainted oil scandal released on bail
Chang Guann Co chairman Yeh Wen-hsiang (葉文祥), one of the main suspects in the tainted oil scandal, was released yesterday on bail of NT$9.5 million (US$311,444). Yen, who was detained on Sept. 12 after a court hearing, was ordered to … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | ‘Food businesses must recognize legal onus is on them to ensure safe food; 14 enforcement orders served on food businesses in Sept. in Oct.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today reported that twelve Closure Orders and two Prohibition Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and … Continue reading →

October 08, 2014

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9:11 PM | Oral polio vaccine-associated paralysis in a child despite previous immunization with inactivated virus
Vaccine-associated poliomyelitis caused by the oral poliovirus vaccine is rare, but its occurrence in a healthy, immunocompetent 6-month old child was highly unusual because the child had been previously immunized with two doses of the injected, inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV). The three poliovirus vaccine strains developed by Albert Sabin (OPV, oral poliovirus vaccine) contain mutations which prevent […]
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8:42 PM | Winter Ambition: A Reading List for Ballsy Women (and Men)
I’m happy to announce that this will be the first post on my site as a member of the Bullish Blog Network. If you want to know more about Get Bullish (and you know you do!) click on the Bullicorn below. As you can guess from the title, this is a winter reading list for the […]
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7:13 PM | Texas DSHS: State Officials Follow Federal Guidance After Ebola Death
Eric Duncan   # 9166   Six weeks ago, in anticipation that at some point we’d see an Ebola death in this country, we saw the release of the CDC’s Interim Ebola Guidance: Mortuary Removal and Handling. Today, those recommendations are going to be followed by the State of Texas in handling the remains of Eric Duncan, who sadly died this morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.   Here is the emailed press release ase from the Texas […]
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6:56 PM | The incubation period of a viral infection
The time before the symptoms of a viral infection appear is called the incubation period. During this time, viral genomes are replicating and the host is responding, producing cytokines such as interferon that can have global effects, leading to the classical symptoms of an acute infection (e.g., fever, malaise, aches, pains, and nausea). These symptoms are called the […]
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6:34 PM | CDC Statement On Airport Screening Of Arrivals From West Africa
Scheduled airline traffic around the world, circa June 2009 – Credit Wikipedia   # 9165   Since we’ve discussed the limitations of airport screening many times in the past (see Why Airport Screening Can’t Stop MERS, Ebola or Avian Flu), I won’t rehash all of that information again today.  The take-away from that blog was that while screening won’t prevent the entry of many infected individuals, it can have some value:   As it can […]
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5:23 PM | WHO Ebola Response Roadmap Update #7 – Oct 8th
  # 9164   With the dual caveats that data acquisition from the affected countries is far from reliable,  and that other estimates suggest the actual numbers could be 2 to 3 times higher than the `official counts’, we’ve the latest grim set of figures from the World Health Organization on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.   To date more than 8,000 suspected or confirmed cases have been recorded, including 3858 deaths.  Among healthcare workers, […]
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4:32 PM | Watch "Microbes After Hours - The Water Supply" live from ASM HQ tonight at 6 PM ET
Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms and infrastructure issues. It's not all challenges, however. Two speakers; Sudhir Murthy, PhD, PE, BCEE, Innovation Chief at DC Water, and Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins University
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3:26 PM | NBC News: Ebola Patient Eric Duncan Has Died In Dallas Hospital
    # 9163   The following sad news comes from NBC News in Dallas Texas.   Dallas Ebola Patient Has Died: Hospital The first patient diagnosed with Ebola virus in the United States died Wednesday morning according to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The hospital released this statement. It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am. Mr. Duncan […]
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