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March 11, 2015

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11:16 AM | WHO: Updated H5N1 Cumulative Case Count Table
Excerpted from WHO Case Count Table – March 3rd   # 9808   In yesterday’s WHO H5N1 Update – Egypt I mentioned that the latest cumulative H5N1 human case count table had not yet been uploaded, although based on the summary narrative it appeared that we’ve had `roughly * 88 cases, and 24 deaths’  reported in Egypt since the first of the year. Overnight a new chart has been published, and in it we find a slight adjustment to the 2014 […]
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8:34 AM | Salmonella found in raw milk tested by FSAI
A new report published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) shows that raw milk could cause food poisoning. According to the results of a FSAI microbiological test, samples of raw milk contained rates of Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter … Continue reading →
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8:30 AM | Building models to predict and prevent Salmonella outbreaks
Researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) and College of Veterinary Medicine are working together with industry to determine how high Salmonella levels in ground turkey and ground beef have to be before they pose a … Continue reading →
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12:06 AM | HPAI Bird Flu Suspected In Arkansas Poultry
Testing poultry in Arkansas.   # 9807 Ever since HPAI H5 viruses arrived in the Pacific Northwest last fall we’ve seen it continue to spread both south, and east, carried by wild and migratory birds. Six days ago the HPAI H5 virus was reported at a Minnesota turkey farm, and just two days ago it turned up at two Missouri poultry farms.   We’ve now a news report this evening suggesting that it may have been detected at a poultry farm in […]

March 10, 2015

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11:53 PM | Theatre or threat? Food safety concerns at Brazil’s Olympic stadium
Authorities have seized more than 45 kg of expired food during a raid of the Maracana Stadium, the showpiece venue for next year’s Olympics. Agents from local consumer protection watchdog Procon found the products during Sunday’s football derby between Fluminense … Continue reading →
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11:36 PM | Hong Kong bans ‘horse penis’ clams: Canadian industry in peril
They can weigh more than 5kg, live more than 150 years and by common consensus resemble a certain part of a male horse’s anatomy. The geoduck clam is also delicious and represents a C$50 million (HK$307 million) annual export industry … Continue reading →
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10:31 PM | Not just from watching the show: Australian vet barfs on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here
It’s usually the celebs that end up vomiting on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! But this time, it was Dr Chris Brown that couldn’t keep his food down. Freddie Flintoff had the task of chowing down … Continue reading →
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10:04 PM | Roadkill is his only red meat
In its continuing quest for food porn, NPR quotes Jeff Potter as saying, “Last autumn, my brother phones on his way home from the grocery: ‘I was driving to the store and there wasn’t a deer in the road, but … Continue reading →
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7:59 PM | E. coli in Australian pigs
Background: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) are a major economic threat to pig production globally, with serogroups O8, O9, O45, O101, O138, O139, O141, O149 and O157 implicated as the leading diarrhoeal pathogens affecting pigs below four weeks of age. A … Continue reading →
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7:40 PM | Possum pesticide: Blackmailers threaten to poison New Zealand infant milk formula
A blackmail threat to poison baby formula is a form of “eco-terrorism” says New Zealand’s prime minister John Key. New Zealand police are currently investigating blackmail threats made against dairy processor Fonterra. The threats were made as part of a … Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | E. coli O26 found in French cheese Roquefort
Escherichia coli O26 has been discovered in Roquefort cheese, reports the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), based on information received from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). The Roquefort is a raw milk cheese … Continue reading →
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7:05 PM | Cooking E. coli out of veal cordon bleu
Veal cutlets were surface inoculated with ca. 6.6 cfu/g of an eight-strain rifampicin-resistant cocktail of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) (O26:H11, O45:H2, O103:H2, O104:H4, O111:H-, O121:H19, O145:NM and O157:H7). Cutlets were mechanically tenderized and cordon bleu was prepared by adding slices … Continue reading →
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6:32 PM | WHO H5N1 Update - Egypt
# 9806   The World Health Organization has published their latest Influenza at the human-animal interface (dated March 3rd) which shows roughly * 88 cases, and 24 deaths in Egypt from the H5N1 virus since the first of the year.     This matches very closely to FluTrackers independently curated  2015 Egypt H5N1 Case List, which showed (as of this morning) 82 cases and 23 deaths for the year.    As recently as last Saturday Egyptian media […]
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5:23 PM | BacterioFiles 205 - Colon Community Counterattacks Cholera
This episode: Microbes in the human gut seem to prevent/inhibit cholera! Download Episode (10.5 MB, 11.5 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Gut microbes make lots of chemicals; some inhibit pathogens (paper) Bacteria produce inhibitors of fungal crop pathogens (paper) Phages could make pathogens less able to infect, in addition to killing them Recycling diapers by growing mushrooms in them Not ethanol, or butanol: now, biopropane Post questions or comments here or […]
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4:14 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 MERS Case, 2 Deaths
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1:49 PM | mBio: MRSA – Making A House A Biome
MRSA - Photo Credit CDC   # 9804   From the Open Access journal mBio this morning, a report that suggests that MRSA can hang around a household, bounce repeatedly between family members, and evolve into a unique `family’ strain, over a period of several years. Previously we’ve looked at MRSA colonization, where the CDC quantified colonization by stating:   While 25% to 30% of people are colonized* in the nose with staph, less than 2% are colonized […]
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12:52 PM | J. Virol: Spread & Persistence Of Avian Flu Viruses In The Mississippi Flyway
# 9803   Sometimes good timing is everything.   Published just two days before HPAI H5 was confirmed for the first time in North America’s Mississippi Flyway (see HPAI H5N2 In A Minnesota Turkey Farm  followed 4 days later by Missouri Dept. Ag. Statement On Avian Flu At Missouri Turkey Farm), we have a study that looks at the spread, reassortment, and persistence of  (low path) avian flu viruses over three seasons in the Mississippi Migratory Flyway (MMF). […]
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10:35 AM | Global Influenza Update – March 9th
  # 9802   Although it has been a heavily H3N2-centric flu season in North America and most of Europe, as the map above shows, portions of Africa and parts of the Middle and Far East have seen a good deal of seasonal H1N1 (aka A(H1N1)pdm09), which continues to be misrepresented in the press in some nations as `swine flu’ or in some cases `bird flu’.   While influenza has peaked across much of the Northern Hemisphere, and is on the decline in North America, […]
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12:36 AM | Pigeon, parakeet and pony: Amsterdam food truck serves maligned meat
I don’t care what various cultures use as their source of protein: I care that it is microbiologically safe. According to NPR, in Amsterdam, two artists are trying to widen their city’s list of local tasty creatures — and expand … Continue reading →

March 09, 2015

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8:04 PM | How long will I barf with norovirus? Survey says, 44 hours
Norovirus infections—sometimes known as the stomach flu—typically last for the same amount of time, independent of age or the type of norovirus a person is infected with, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Public … Continue reading →
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7:42 PM | Oh Canada: Finding source of BSE ‘a needle in a haystack’
Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry-what-Listeria-Ritz says figuring out how an Alberta cow was infected with BSE is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The beef breeding cow was discovered last month on a farm near Edmonton and was born … Continue reading →
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6:27 PM | Australian bakery fined $166,000 for unsafe food
The former owner of a western-suburbs bakery in Adelaide has been fined more than $160,000 over rodent droppings, dead and live insects, and mouldy pastry at the premises. Champion Bakery and its owner, Michael John Nickols, were today fined $166,000 … Continue reading →
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6:04 PM | ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment #15 On MERS-CoV
    # 9801   In the wake of this weekend’s announced imported MERS case in Germany  (see Germany Reports Imported MERS Case - ex UAE), and barely two weeks since their last update, the ECDC has published their 15th Rapid Risk Assessment on the novel coronavirus threat to the EU.   Main conclusions and recommendations Since April 2012 and as of 7 March 2015, 1 082 cases (including 439 deaths) of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus […]
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4:30 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 4 New MERS Cases in Riyadh, 3 Deaths
  # 9800   Riyadh’s recent run up in MERS cases continues today with four new cases announced, one of whom is listed as a HCW.  Three of the four cases are being investigated as possible nosocomial infections.  
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4:13 PM | WHO Update On Germany’s Imported MERS Case
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL # 9799 The World Health Organization has posted an update on the imported MERS case we learned about on Saturday (see Germany Reports Imported MERS Case - ex UAE).  While we are just hearing about this now, this patient has been hospitalized since the middle of February.  A bit surprisingly, the timeline provided suggests the patient was hospitalized for nearly a week before his MERS diagnosis was made, and full isolation and infection […]
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3:54 PM | The War on Biofilm in Your Home!
Biofilm. Even sounds nasty. By definition, biofilms are a gaggle of microorganisms during which cells stick to one another on a floor. They are sticky cells that are regularly embedded inside a self-produced matrix of EPS’s or extracellular polymeric…… Read More The post The War on Biofilm in Your Home! appeared first on Just Science.
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3:54 PM | How To Enjoy the Writing and Content Creation Process
If there’s one factor that used to intimidate me greater than something, it was the considered making an attempt to determine the best way to write plenty of articles with out being bored to tears. There is greater than sufficient info on-line about…… Read More The post How To Enjoy the Writing and Content Creation Process appeared first on Just Science.
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3:54 PM | Today's gender biased meeting-GlycoCom2015-sponsored by @generalelectric @ualberta #YAMMM
Got pointed to this via a Tweet:@phylogenomics yet another ... http://t.co/lNCJJ6CiLo— Lewis-X Research (@Lewis_Lab) March 8, 2015 The Tweet pointed to this meeting: Home - Glycomics Official Website of GlycoCom Conference 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Lame.  14:1 ratio of men: women speakers.  Just completewly lame.Confirmed SpeakersRichard Cummings, Emory University School of MedicinePaul DeAngelis, University of Oklahoma and Caisson Biotech LLCDonald Jarvis, […]
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3:52 PM | Toll Like Receptors
GreetingsCells are an amazing bag of self sustaining chemicals, if I could put it that way. This statement not only means it is inherently meant to power itself, it should also be able to defend itself from other's who means to steal it. In a post long ago (Link), I had talked a little bit about sensing of viral DNA in context with STING (Simulator of Interferon genes) pathway. But before the cell decides, they need to trigger a reaction, a signal has to arrive that it is warranted. In other […]
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3:50 PM | Can Olive Oil Help Your Dogs Dry Skin?
A few years back my boyfriend made a remark about Laika’s skin and how shiny and smooth it was. He said “she doesn’t have dry, flaky skin like a lot of other dogs.” It’s true, she didn’t. For the first few years she had the shiniest, healthiest coat…… Read More The post Can Olive Oil Help Your Dogs Dry Skin? appeared first on Just Science.
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