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January 21, 2015

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3:00 AM | U.S. research lab lets livestock suffer in quest for profit
Michael Moss of the NY Times writes that at a remote research center on the Nebraska plains, scientists are using surgery and breeding techniques to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry. The potential … Continue reading →
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12:45 AM | Portlandia gets raw as they expose the FDA’s lies (it’s satire)
Things are about to get raw on Portlandia. In the words of Candace and Toni: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention to the lies that the FDA is feeding you about the joys of raw milk. This week, … Continue reading →

January 20, 2015

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6:54 PM | You see a cute turtle, I see a bug factory: Infant botulism from C. butyricum
We describe two cases of infant botulism due to Clostridium butyricum producing botulinum type E neurotoxin (BoNT/E) and a previously unreported environmental source. The infants presented at age 11 days with poor feeding and lethargy, hypotonia, dilated pupils and absent … Continue reading →
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6:43 PM | Over 300 sickened in Norway: Beware the herbs as chives on scrambled eggs IDed as source
We investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis following a Christmas buffet served on 4–9 December 2012 to ~1300 hotel guests. More than 300 people were reported ill in initial interviews with hotel guests. To identify possible sources of infection we conducted … Continue reading →
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6:33 PM | Lagos vs. Wisconsin: E. coli in dinking water and stools
Since early detection of pathogens and their virulence factors contribute to intervention and control strategies, we assessed the enteropathogens in diarrhea disease and investigated the link between toxigenic strains of Escherichia coli from stool and drinking-water sources; and determined the … Continue reading →
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6:22 PM | Public health concern? STEC in swine
This descriptive longitudinal study was conducted to investigate the fecal shedding of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in finishing swine and to characterize the swine STEC isolates that were recovered. Three cohorts of finishing swine (n = 50/cohort; total 150 pigs) were … Continue reading →
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6:15 PM | Norovirus in seaweed
In February 2012, an outbreak of gastroenteritis was reported in school A; a successive outbreak was reported at school B. A retrospective cohort study conducted in school A showed that seasoned green seaweed with radishes (relative risk 7·9, 95% confidence … Continue reading →
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5:39 PM | Salmonella positive: Oma’s Pride recalls Purr Complete Feline Poultry Meal
Oma’s Pride of Avon, CT is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially … Continue reading →
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5:26 PM | Cost-benefit analysis for USDA FSIS’ implementation of its non-O157 STEC testing
FSIS has estimated the cost to the regulated industry and FSIS associated with the implementation of its non-O157 STEC testing on beef manufacturing trimmings, based on Agency testing data and information collected through the FSIS 2013 Pathogen Controls in Beef … Continue reading →
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5:16 PM | Over 18.m pounds of products recalled in 2014 – USDA-FSIS
Almost 18.7m pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). Summary Recall Summary for Calendar Year 2014 Total   Number of Recalls  94 Number of Pounds Recalled   18,675,102     … Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | APHIS Statement On HPAI H5 Detection Along The Pacific Flyway
  # 9602   Over the past month we’ve been following reports of HPAI H5 viruses being spread by migratory birds in the Pacific Northwest, California, and Utah (see here, here & here).  While a few backyard flocks have been affected, thus far we’ve seen no evidence of commercial poultry farms being affected. All of this came to light after British Columbia detected HPAI H5N2 in commercial farms in the Fraser Valley last month, which led to extensive […]
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5:00 PM | Mick Fleetwood barfs, cutting concert short
Midway through Fleetwood Mac’s Pinnacle Bank Arena concert Saturday night, in Lincoln, Nebraska, drummer Mick Fleetwood suddenly became ill. “Mick is really sick,” Stevie Nicks told the crowd, adding that Fleetwood was backstage throwing up. “We feel terrible, but we … Continue reading →
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4:48 PM | Samples ‘satisfactory’ for Salmonella in Hong Kong
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has recently completed a targeted food surveillance project on Salmonella in ready-to-eat food. Results showed that all the 800 samples tested were satisfactory. “The Centre collected the … Continue reading →
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2:56 PM | Saudi Arabia: MOH Cancels Coronavirus Contracts Over Corruption Allegations
  # 9601   Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has had a bit of a revolving door this past year, with long-time Minister of Health  Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah abruptly replaced by Dr. Adel bin Mohammed Faqih (see Saudi Minister Of Health Replaced) last April, presumably over his inability to get control over their growing MERS problem.   On December 8th, we saw the Saudi King Appoints New MOH Amid Sweeping Changes To Ministries, appointing Dr. Muhammad Bin Ali […]
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1:55 PM | The Secret Life of Roukus, Part 2
Roukus the Cat is a snowbird…in the sense that she spends her winter months in warmer locales. Roukus has finally moved south, from Maine to the sunny shores of Florida where she now basks in the glory of the Sunshine State. In the summer, Roukus roamed the forests. Now she travels along the sand dunes, not once crossing the roads near her beach house. While she enjoys long walks down the beach with her owner, she also seems to enjoy long walks by herself at night… at 1:30 in the […]
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1:00 PM | Enteroviruses as causative agents in type 1 diabetes: loose ends or lost cause?
A recent paper proposes a model which could explain the involvement of CVB as a contributory factor in diabetes. Continue reading →
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12:16 PM | Egypt: Government Statements On H5N1 Response & Latest Fatality
# 9600   With 20 reported H5N1 cases already in the first 3 weeks of this new year, and 5 deaths, Egypt continues to see its largest string of human H5N1 infections in its 9 year history of dealing with this avian virus.  Over a little more than 2 months they’ve reported 49 cases, and 16 deaths – and there are few signs that this outbreak is waning. Thus far, we’ve seen no credible reports suggesting community spread of the virus, and nearly all […]
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11:30 AM | MAIT cells
GreetingsIn my opinion, Immunology is quite naive when compared to fields of microbiology, and the networks and components of the system is more complex. The players in immunology is often difficult in terms of understanding them, since many components have multiple functions. Some of the functions are contrast themselves and varies based on the context. When we talk about Immune cells, it is one among the following- Neutrophils, Monocytes, Eosinophils, Basophils and Lymphocytes. Among these, […]
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4:41 AM | Risk perception: What are you afraid of?
The demand for unpasteurized milk and vaccine-free kids in the Western world prompts a question: what are you afraid of? Maura Rhodes of Parade writes that sociologists often refer to fears shared by a group as “moral panics.”  The Holocaust … Continue reading →

January 19, 2015

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9:45 PM | Doing the conga doesn’t make a clean restaurant: Emilio, Gloria Estefan concerned after South Fla. restaurant ordered shut
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player A restaurant in an ocean drive hotel opened by Gloria Es Steffan was ordered shut by the state because of violations. While they lease out the space and don’t operate it, we are told they’re … Continue reading →
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9:41 PM | Health inspector finds cockroach in Florida soda dispenser
Clearwater was where we used to go in the summer as a kid. It was hot, but there was water (and stingrays). Joe’s Crab Shack advertises 100% Shore fresh seafood with a Southern flare. The national chain has over 1,135 … Continue reading →
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6:20 PM | BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem
This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders! Download Episode (11.4 MB, 12.4 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Plant virus affects parasitism suffered by insect that carries the virus (paper) Bacteria could help make more powerful lasers (paper) Gut microbes can control gene expression of gut cells somewhat Using bacterial immune system to turn off HPV defenses in cervical […]
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4:16 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 MERS Case In Riyadh
    # 9599 For the second day in a row the Saudi MOH is reporting a MERS case in Riyadh, this time a 67 y.o. male.  Officials are investigating the possibility of nosocomial exposure.  
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2:32 PM | OIE Report: H5N1 In Israel
Credit OIE   # 9598   On Saturday, in Media Reporting Unspecified `Bird Flu’ Outbreak at Israeli Farm, we saw early reports of what appeared to be a return of HPAI H5N1 to Israel after an absence of several years.  Today the OIE has published a filing, indicating that preliminary testing found H5N1 at a turkey farm in northern Israel.   Epidemiology Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Unknown or inconclusive Epidemiological […]
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2:00 PM | Taiwan’s HPAI H5 Outbreak Expands – 239 Farms Confirmed
  # 9597   Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture has confirmed that 239 poultry farms have now tested positive for one of the four types of HP H5 avian flu (H5N2, H5N2 new, H5N8, H5N3 new) spreading across their island . Focus Taiwan reports that as of 6pm Sunday Evening among those farms includes `51 farms that were infected with H5N8, 15 with a new variant of H5N3 and 99 with a new variant of H5N2’.   In a significant development, the new H5N2 – a […]
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11:50 AM | Egypt MOH Confirms 20th H5N1 Case Of 2015
# 9596   We’ve had a busy avian flu weekend in Egypt, with the MOH issuing multiple statements which have added 7 new H5N1 cases, bringing the total so far for 2015 to 20 cases, and 4 deaths.  Ten cases remain under treatment.   Health: Central analysis results confirm the three cases confirmed بڤيروس H5N1 DOH Announces population of infection three cases and certain بڤير and H5N1 (bird flu), the first […]
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9:28 AM | From the duh files: Media can help slow spread of disease, study finds
 A mathematical study of how infectious diseases spread has demonstrated a surprising link between the progress of an outbreak and the way that outbreak is portrayed in the media. The study suggests that when public health officials are speaking to … Continue reading →
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9:22 AM | Smoothies recalled for Listeria risk
Inventure Foods, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, has issued a precautionary recall of its RADER FARMS® Fresh Start Smoothie Blend, Fresh Start Sunrise Refresh Fusion, and Fresh Start Daily Power Fusion because of a potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. … Continue reading →
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5:06 AM | Hydrophobic Sequestration
by Kalia Bistolas | What do your laundry detergent and hydrocarbon-degrading marine bacteria have in common? Not much, besides surfactants. These substances lower the surface tension between substrates, targeting hydrophobic molecules like the stain on your favorite shirt or crude petroleum slicks in the Gulf of Mexico. In doing so, they serve as detergents, emulsifiers, and dispersants. Hydrocarbon-Degrading Marine Bacteria (HDMB) synthesize biosurfactants that...

January 18, 2015

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10:36 PM | Cruising: Avoiding Norovirus on the high seas
Experts say to prepare ahead is the best way to keep your health while on vacation. Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently, according to the New York Daily News. Proper hygeiene can go a long way. Practice your … Continue reading →
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