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July 06, 2014

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10:48 PM | Tea towels should only be used once, then washed?
Never be anywhere without a towel. A tea towel (or dish towel). But do I need 50 clean ones a day? New South Wales Food Authority chief scientist Lisa Szabo said last week that, “Tea towels should be replaced after … Continue reading →
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9:52 PM | Celebrating Native Bees
As you were enjoying celebrations this July 4th weekend, you may have noticed many bees flying around your yard or neighborhood park, pollinating flowers and vegetables. As I earlier shared here on the Your Wild Life blog, I am researching many of these native bees in urban areas. Specifically, I am studying how temperature influences the native bee community in Raleigh. In some areas, I put up bundles of bamboo to sample which bees will nest there. Most bees are solitary, unlike honey bees or […]
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8:43 PM | TWiV 292: Medimmune goes viral
On episode #292 of the science show This Week in Virology, Vincent visits Medimmune and speaks with Wade, Matt, Nicole, and Ken about why they work in industry and their daily roles in a biotechnology company. You can find TWiV #292 at www.twiv.tv.
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6:57 PM | It's been a while!
The last time I posted on MicroMicrobe was over six months ago - I can’t believe how quick time flies!  I’ve recently been getting more involved in STEM communication, and last week I took part in a fantastic online science outreach event called “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here" -which takes place three times a year. Scientists interact with students online through answering questions and live chats in a Facebook messenger style. The students can vote […]
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11:44 AM | EID Journal: New Introductions Of EV-71 Subtype C4 To France – 2012
Photo Credit University of Iowa   # 8807   Human Enterovirus 71 (EV-71) – which is most often reported in Asia and the Western Pacific region - is one of more than 60 non-polio enteroviruses (NPEVs) known to cause cause human illness, and that primarily affect children under the age of 10.   While EV-71 is most frequently linked to severe outbreaks of HFMD (Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease), it is also capable of producing serious neurological illnesses – […]

July 05, 2014

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12:07 PM | EID Journal: Shelter Dogs as Sentinels for Trypanosoma cruzi – Texas
# 8806   Chagas disease – caused by infection with Trypanosoma cruzi - is one of five parasitic diseases that have been declared by the CDC as being   important Neglected Parasitic Infections in the United States.  The other four are Cysticercosis, Toxoplasmosis, Toxocariasis, and Trichomoniasis.   The parasite - Trypanosoma cruzi – is vectored by  an infected triatomine bug (or "kissing bug"), an insect that takes blood meals from both […]
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4:48 AM | Anthrax in beef hospitalizes five in Hungary
An infection of deadly anthrax has been identified in beef in eastern Hungary and five people are being monitored in hospital for suspected symptoms of the disease, the country’s health authority said Friday. It said the disease was identified in … Continue reading →
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2:49 AM | IBM, others to help public health officials improve food safety
I normally don’t run company press releases because they are long on possibilities and short on actualities. But this one may have some public health benefit. And was published in a journal. Using novel algorithms, visualization, and statistical techniques, a … Continue reading →
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1:06 AM | The value of influenza aerosol transmission experiments
A Harvard epidemiologist has been on a crusade to curtail aerosol transmission experiments on avian influenza H5N1 virus because he believes that they are too dangerous and of little value. Recently he has taken his arguments to the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times. While Dr. Lipsitch is certainly entitled to his opinion, his arguments […]

July 04, 2014

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11:07 PM | Holiday hot pot with chicken linked to Campylobacter spike in Switzerland
In Switzerland, 7,000-8,000 people fall ill with a Campylobacter infection annually. An increase of campylobacteriosis case numbers is being observed throughout Europe. Human cases of campylobacteriosis must be reported to the relevant authorities in Switzerland. In Switzerland, an unusual increase … Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Bill Grant
Dr. Bill Grant doesn’t have any pictures from middle school, but he did save his senior yearbook and some assorted photos from his childhood home. This interview is special for many reasons, but particularly for its timing. On July 1st, 2014 Dr. Grant celebrated his 40 year anniversary as a member of the North Carolina State University faculty. During his interview, we talked about much more than middle school, especially how his career has been shaped by special research opportunities as […]
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1:48 PM | Have a Happy and Bioluminescent 4th of July!
You know, I keep meaning to post more often to this blog.  But, as John Lennon famously observed, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."  So I will try to do better.  I have several interesting posts cooking, to keep readers up to date.  Hard to say how often people read these posts, but they have some value for me at least (in getting my thoughts down and events remembered).  Thus, onward and upward...But today is the 4th of July, a mixture […]
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11:42 AM | UK PHE Reports Imported Case Of CCHF
Photo Credit- CDC   # 8805   A recurring theme in public health is just how quickly, and easily, that `exotic’ diseases can cross vast oceans or borders, given our modern air travel industry and our penchant for international travel (see The Global Reach Of Infectious Disease).    The introduction of Chikungunya to the Caribbean last fall, and the ensuing (and ongoing) epidemic, are almost certainly the result of an infected traveler coming from an endemic […]
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10:20 AM | Food safety, Salmonella, sprouts and no, that dingo didn’t eat my baby
We used to be known as, “The no sprouts people.” If Amy or I ordered anything, we’d say, no sprouts please. We fell out of that habit because so much of foodservice in the U.S. has removed raw sprouts from … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Market food safety at retail; Foster Farms finally recalls some chicken 16 months after first Salmonella outbreak
Two weeks ago, Foster Farms poultry producers announced they’d dramatically lowered levels of salmonella in chicken parts — and invested $75 million to do it. Now, Foster Farms of Fresno, Calif., is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken products that … Continue reading →
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8:03 AM | 10 sick, two hospitalized in UK E. coli day care outbreak
Two children are in hospital after a suspected E. coli outbreak at a nursery in Cheshire. Public health officers said the children, who both go to the Chrysalis Day Nursery in Northwich, were being treated at Leighton Hospital due to … Continue reading →
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6:35 AM | Unlocking the Structures of Natural Killer Cell Receptors
Structural biologist Petr Novák employs the latest techniques to model natural killer cell receptor molecules, research that may one day result in powerful therapies to treat cancer and infections. Go inside the fascinating world of structural characterization and find out how Novák has integrated the NGC™ chromatography system into his effort to visualize these molecules […]

July 03, 2014

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8:15 PM | Open Ocean Mama Squid Clings to Bundle of Bubble Wrap Joy
Bottom-dwelling squid and octopus usually attach their eggs to a hard surface, but open ocean squid have no such luxury. For many years, scientists thought such squid simply released their eggs to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:44 PM | Salmonella transfer potential onto tomatoes during laboratory-simulated in-field debris removal
Florida Tomato Good Agricultural Practices (T-GAPs) mandate the removal of dirt and debris from tomatoes during harvest but do not provide any specific regulations or guidance; thus, the current practice of using cloths needs to be evaluated. This study examined … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | Non-O157 shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli in U. S. retail ground beef
Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serotype O157:H7 and serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145 are the leading cause of STEC-associated infections in humans in the United States. In the United States, these organisms are considered adulterants in raw nonintact … Continue reading →
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5:57 PM | 22 sickened: E coli outbreak at Scotland’s Hydro ’caused by under-cooked burgers’ at venue
“We wish to assure the public that at this time we have no significant concerns in relation to catering for our patrons.” That was the statement from SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow as the number stricken by E. coli O157 … Continue reading →
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5:44 PM | This Month in Blastocystis Research (JUN 2014) - IMECs Edition
In June there was a paper out in Frontiers in Microbiology by Laura W Parfrey and co-workers identifying the diversity of intestinal microbial eukaryotic communities (IMECs) in humans and other mammals. It's probably one of the most interesting papers I've read for a long time; maybe because it expands on many of the things I've been blogging about - or at least intended to blog about (!) - over the past two years. And don't forget to have a look at the supplementary files!What the team did was […]
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4:17 PM | EID Journal: Two Dispatches On SFTS
Photo Credit Wikipedia Tick Species Associated with SFTS in China # 8804     SFTS or Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome - a tickborne Phlebovirus  - was first discovered in China in 2009, but has also been found in Japan and Korea. It is genetically similar to the recently discovered Heartland Virus (see MMWR: Heartland Virus Disease — United States, 2012–2013) that has been detected in roughly a dozen people here in the United States.   […]
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12:22 PM | Hurricane Arthur, July Climatology & NHC’s New 5-Day Graphical Forecast
  # 8803   Arthur, a category one hurricane, is expected to pass very close to the outer banks of North Carolina this evening on its trek north.  While most of the worst of the weather will likely remain offshore, areas along the coastline are likely to take a pounding.    Residents in the affected areas should be completing their hurricane preparations now (see Hurricane Preparedness Week: Make A Plan).   Storms that form in June and early July […]
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11:00 AM | Talmudic Question #110
Suppose an innovative fungal symbiont in a lichen decided to appropriate its algal partner's plastids and do away with having to pay the algae for their services. What would it have to gain, or lose thereby?
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10:50 AM | Philippines Urges Muslims To Postpone Hajj Until Next Year
Credit Wikipedia     # 8802   While a good deal of public relations efforts have been directed towards convincing religious pilgrims of the safety of making the Hajj this year (see Tabung Haji Assures Pilgrims Not To Worry About MERS-CoV),  Saudi Arabia continues to advise that children, the elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with chronic medical conditions postpone their Hajj journey due to concerns over MERS.   Today, however, the media is reporting that […]
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10:33 AM | Honing in on enteric fever
The use of metabolomics could lead to improved diagnostics for enteric fever. The post Honing in on enteric fever appeared first on MicrobiologyBytes.
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6:17 AM | Isolation and Characterization of Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli in range and feedlot cattle from postweaning to slaughter
Cattle are the main reservoirs for Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. E. coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157 are among the STEC serogroups that cause severe foodborne illness and have been declared as adulterants by the … Continue reading →
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6:05 AM | CDC: Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ongoing threat
In a report that is sure to be interpreted by the political lenses of various groups, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2012 that multi-drug resistant Salmonella decreased during the past 10 years and resistance to … Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | Saskatchewan public health: hotel guest may have exposed 1000+ to hepatitis A
This one confuses me a bit. There must be more to this story than what is being reported. According to Global News  a Riverhurst, Saskatchewan (that’s in Canada) hotel guest with hepatitis A has caused a public health response usually only … Continue reading →
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