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March 26, 2015

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5:09 PM | OIE: H5N1 Kills 21 Pelicans In Bulgaria
Bulgaria Lies beneath Black Sea / Mediterranean Flyway   # 9871   Two months ago we learned of the first appearance of H5N1 in Bulgaria since 2010, in OIE Notification Of H5N1 In Bulgaria, which was followed by Bulgaria: Additional H5N1 Outbreak Reported a few days later.    Since then Bulgaria has reported two additional outbreaks, including this latest one involving 21 dead pelicans. First a media report, followed by the OIE notification. Bird Flu […]
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4:49 PM | Watching Indonesia: Media Reports Two H5N1 Cases In Tangerang
Tangerang is located 25 km west of the Capital City, Jakarta.   # 9870     A hat tip to Crof for picking up a Kompas report (see Indonesia: Father, son die of H5N1) which states there are positive test results for H5N1, although the Indonesian MOH website and their ancillary Sehat Negeriku site have not posted any acknowledgement of these cases.   Another media report lists these cases as merely `suspected’, with test results still awaited.  […]
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3:57 PM | Winner of 3rd Annual Inflammatory Language Contest!
The Febrile Muse has chosen Immune Defense, a novel molecular game by Melanie Stegman, Ph.D., Creative Director of Immune Defense and Owner of Molecular Jig Games.  Many people were involved in the creation of this game. For more details, go to Immune Defense Game. In addition, congratulations to the creators on their successful IndieGoGo project,  to develop it further!There will soon be a follow-up post by Dr. Stegman that includes game details and screen […]
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3:20 PM | A protein platform for priming
The enzymes that make copies of the DNA or RNA genomes of viruses – nucleic acid polymerases – can be placed into two broad categories depending on whether or not they require a primer, a short piece of DNA or RNA, to get going. The structure of the primer-independent RNA polymerase of hepatitis C virus reveals […]
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1:39 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases
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1:33 PM | Netherlands: Another (likely LPAI H7) Outbreak In Poultry
Photo Credit – FAO   # 9868     Two weeks after we saw the Netherlands: (Probably) Mild Bird Flu In Barneveld, we have another reported outbreak in Tzummarum on the northern coast.   While likely LPAI H7 (like the last outbreak)  these two farms are more than 100 km apart.   This announcement from Rijksoverheid.nl.   News Mild flu in Tzummarum News item | 26-03-2015 In Tzummarum (Friesland) is a poultry farm with 22,000 hens […]
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1:14 PM | WHO: MERS Update – Saudi Arabia March 26th
Credit WHO   # 9867   The World Health Organization has released two MERS updates, although for reasons that are not explained, the 11 cases cited in the March 25th report are repeated among the 15 cases reported in today’s report.   Disease Outbreak News (DONs) Recent DONs 26 March 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia 25 March 2015 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) […]
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11:36 AM | Indiana Gov To Declare HIV Health Emergency In Scott County
Credit Wikipedia   # 9866   With a population of just over 24,000 and located deep in America’s heartland, Scott county, Indiana seems an unlikely place for an outbreak of IV drug-abuse related HIV, but later today the Governor will declare a public health emergency there for exactly that reason.   Governor Pence to Detail Public Health Emergency Declaration Tomorrow Start Date:  3/25/2015 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 3/25/2015 Entry […]
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9:50 AM | COCA Call Today: Disaster/Emergency Preparedness For Clinicians
Credit CDC   # 9865   A reminder that today:  March 26, 2015 at 2:00pm EST, the CDC will hold a COCA call on disaster and emergency preparedness for clinicians.   Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians - From Guidelines to the Front Line = Free Continuing Education Date:Thursday, March 26, 2015 Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) Participate by Phone: 888-323-9813 (U.S. Callers) 212-547-0291 (International Callers) Passcode:3257688 […]
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9:30 AM | Boy Scouts avoid liability in E. coli lawsuit
I was shocked and shamed about a month ago when we were invited to dinner at the home of other hockey parents. I normally carry a spare Cormak PTD 300 tip-sensitive digital thermometer in my knapsack, but had donated the … Continue reading →
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9:05 AM | Over 300 sickened: We have the highest standards, we plead guilty
In Oct. 2012, reports started trickling in of people sick with E. coli O157 after dining at Flicks, a Belfast restaurant. By Nov. 2012, 137 confirmed cases and 164 probable cases of E. coli O157 had been linked to this … Continue reading →
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8:48 AM | Does food safety inspection disclosure work in the UK? Sortof
The UK Food Standards Agency reports: The evaluation was commissioned with the Policy Studies Institute in 2011 and ran until mid-2014.  It explored the impact of the FHRS and the FHIS on local authorities, consumers, businesses, food hygiene compliance and … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Problems public health investigators face: It’s a tough job (but we love ya for it)
In Ontario, Canada (that’s in Canada), enteric case investigators perform a number of functions when conducting telephone interviews including providing health education, collecting data for regulatory purposes ultimately to prevent further illness, enforcement, illness source attribution and outbreak detection. Information … Continue reading →
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8:14 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: Mexico engagement edition
A romantic couple’s plans for a dream engagement at a luxury sunshine holiday resort were wrecked – when the groom-to-be was struck by suspected salmonella poisoning. Joe Kilgannon, 24, and bride-to-be Cezanne Bannon, 22, are suing a holiday company after … Continue reading →
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7:58 AM | Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Rodrigo Vidal
Meet Rodrigo Vidal, one of the artists who took part in Biolumination II.
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7:01 AM | Cerebral malaria- In short
GreetingsI have previously written some posts on malaria, the challenges in treating and vaccination strategies. Research continues on these fields with significant progress being made. However, isn't it interesting that I never talked about cerebral malaria. I couldn't find a good recent statistics of malaria burden, but the reports indicate that there is a significant decrease in number of cases on a global scale. However, if you consider the parasitic infections, malaria stands taller than […]
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5:41 AM | A Snippet. How Do Long Bacteria Snip Apart?
by Elio | Surely there are limits to the size and physiology of bacterial cells. They can only get to be so big or so small, so full of ribosomes or so depleted of them, so fast or so extremely slow in their growth. Add another one to this list: are there limits to how precisely bacteria position their division site? What brings this up is that many of the bacteria encountered in...
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2:13 AM | Regulatory myths
Ronald L. Doering, the first president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and currently counsel in the Ottawa offices of Gowlings, writes: One of the most persistent regulatory myths is the notion that politics can and should be kept out … Continue reading →
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1:55 AM | UAE: Food safety violators to face stiff fine and jail
The Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday approved a draft law on food safety with minor amendments, with suggested jail terms of up to two years and fines ranging from Dh100,000 to Dh2 million for flouting food safety rules. The … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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11:54 PM | Katie Overbey: March gastro madness
Katie Overbey, a food science graduate student at NC State who focuses on food safety communication and norovirus writes: Basketball has been on my mind a lot this past week and I’ve wondered a few times what would happen if … Continue reading →
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11:20 PM | Why I don’t eat raw shellfish: Viruses in food
The UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published its extensive review of viruses in the food chain. The ACMSF set up a group to revisit the issue of foodborne viruses in light of developments in … Continue reading →
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10:53 PM | Cameras are everywhere: Newfoundland uni probing student complaints of raw, mouldy food
The food service at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L. is looking into complaints of spoiled meals, after photos of mouldy and raw products allegedly served at a campus dining hall were posted to social media. A collection of photos … Continue reading →
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7:46 PM | Prepared Indian foods recalled for botulism concerns in Scotland
A range of pre-prepared Indian foods from the Mrs Unis brand have been recalled by the Food Standards Agency following concerns over the Edinburgh-based company’s procedures to control Clostridium botulinum. The brand, headed by veteran businesswoman Shaheen Unis, dubbed “Scotland’s … Continue reading →
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7:34 PM | Cities using social media to police restaurants
While cities like Guelph, Ontario, are being dragged into the age of public disclosure, countries like Singapore have been training and using restaurant patrons as gumshoes for a decade to help public health types identify possible infractions through the use … Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | How Canadian: Restaurant food safety reporting needs review in Guelph
According to this editorial, it seems like the Guelph-area public health unit can take extra steps to make the community more aware of food safety issues at local eateries. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s latest records show it has recently flagged 152 … Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: UK Hell’s Kitchen edition
The owner of an award-winning café must pay out thousands for food safety offences that include leaving raw chickens next to a block of cheese. Helen Pattinson, 47, who ran Hell’s Kitchen, in Stockport centre, until it closed in summer … Continue reading →
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7:03 PM | Blue Bell outbreak: Faith-based food safety doesn’t get rid of Listeria
An outbreak of listeria that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream. Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said Tuesday that a contaminated 3-ounce cup of ice … Continue reading →
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6:43 PM | Kansas Dept. Agriculture: LPAI Bird Flu At Commercial Turkey Farm
Crawford County – Credit Wikipedia   # 9864     Although the subtype isn’t mentioned in the press release, today Kansas authorities have announced the detection of a low pathogenic avian flu at a commercial turkey farm in Crawford county, on the border with western Missouri.   Culling has been ordered and the carcasses will be buried on site.   Two weeks ago Missouri reported two HPAI outbreaks in Turkeys (see Missouri Dept. Ag. Statement On […]
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6:34 PM | Petri dish art at the Auckland Arts Festival
As part of the thinkScience day at the 2015 Auckland Art Festival, we spent 2 hours letting kids and their families make their own bioluminescent bacterial art using just a cotton bud, a petri dish and a solution of harmless bioluminescent bacteria. Many thanks to James Dalton, Claire Honney, Hannah Read, Simon Swift and Benedict [...]
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5:39 PM | Calling attention to poor speaker gender ratio - even when it hurts
So I saw this Tweet earlier todayWill be an excellent symposium! Register here @UCPlantBreeding http://t.co/Nd86UAr3hJ— Gena Hoffman (@GenaEHoffman) March 24, 2015And that sounded very interesting. So I clicked on the link to check out the Plant Breeding for Food Security: The Global Impact of Plant Genetics in Rice Production A symposium honoring Dr. Gurdev Khush symposium.  And, then I went to the program.  And sadly I saw something there that was not to my liking. […]
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