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March 27, 2015

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10:20 PM | Immune Defense: Inflammatory Language Guest Post
Melanie Stegman, Ph.D., Creative Director of Immune Defense (a novel video game) and Owner of Molecular Jig Games is the winner of this year's Inflammatory Language Contest. In her words...The game is meant to be an introduction, a tool to spark interest and provide basic vocabulary so that players can follow up on Wikipedia or PubMedCentral, or also, so that a teacher could design a lesson based on the game as an introduction. To play the game people can do it two ways: […]
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8:25 PM | APHIS: USDA Confirms 2nd H5N2 Outbreak In Minnesota Turkey Flock
# 9876   Three weeks after we first learned from APHIS: HPAI H5N2 In A Minnesota Turkey Farm in Pope County, we are informed that a second farm has been affected in Lac Qui Parle County.     Given that these counties are not immediately adjacent, and a  CIDRAP News report (see Wild birds nixed as Minnesota H5N2 source) from earlier this week quoted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) saying they found no evidence of the H5N2 strain in samples […]
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7:07 PM | Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Laura Ward
Meet Laura Ward, one of the artists to take part in Biolumination II.
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6:34 PM | Media Reports: Bird Flu Detected In Romania & Italy
  # 9875   Yesterday’s bird flu report from Bulgaria, very near the Romanian border (see OIE: H5N1 Kills 21 Pelicans In Bulgaria) has been quickly followed by multiple media reports that dead pelicans found this week in Romania have now tested positive for the H5N1 virus as well.   If confirmed by the OIE, this would be the first appearance of H5N1 in Romania since 2010. Bird flu in Romania. Authorities found infected pelicans in the Danube […]
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5:11 PM | 2 dead, 30 sickened: Australian Salmonella outbreak over
New South Wales Health has closed its investigation into the deadly salmonella outbreak that affected 32 people in aged-care facilities across the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the ACT. Director of Illawarra Shoalhaven Public Health Curtis Gregory said that since February 23, … Continue reading →
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4:50 PM | 100 lawyers sickened at banquet in Philly
“What do you call 100 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? “An excellent start. “l used to resent jokes like that. “Now l see them as simple truths.” Danny DeVito in the truly fabulous divorce movie, War of the … Continue reading →
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2:17 PM | A Genetic Predisposition To Severe Flu Infection
Photo Credit – CDC PHIL     # 9874   Influenza can produce a wide spectrum of illness, ranging from mild or even asymptomatic presentation to severe and/or life threatening disease.     Often we talk about `high risk’ patients – where their age and/or co-morbidities (COPD, Asthma, pregnancy, etc. ) can sometimes lead to a greater chance of complications, but there may be other factors at work as well.    As we saw in […]
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2:00 PM | Ferns Get It On After 60 Million Years Apart
An unassuming little fern has left scientists scratching their heads at the feat of reproductive hijinks it apparently represents. The fern, xCystocarpium roskamianum(the prefix ‘x’... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:16 AM | NIH: Ebola Virus More Stable Than Previous Study Suggested
Credit CDC PHIL # 9873   Last August, while Ebola was still accelerating in West Africa, we saw a study warning that the Ebola Virus Is Rapidly Evolving.  Specifically, that 99 Ebola viruses taken from 78 people from Sierra Leone during the month of June, and found that the virus is showing a marked propensity to accumulate `interhost and intrahost genetic variation’ as it passages through the population. This led to media reports such as Ebola virus mutating […]
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7:51 AM | Paper for free download on Blastocystis subtyping (barcoding)
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that my paper ‘Comparison of Sequencing (Barcode Region) and Sequence-Tagged-Site PCR for Blastocystis Subtyping’ is free for download from Journal of Clinical Microbiology here: http://jcm.asm.org/content/51/1/190.long Barcoding is currently the method of choice for Blastocystis subtyping, although we know that there are issues in terms of […]
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3:08 AM | It’s a math thing: Raw milk is 3 percent of the market but causes over 50 percent of milk foodborne illnesses
Most people would be horrified if they went to a restaurant bathroom and saw the chef not bother to wash his hands after using the toilet. It’s a good thing raw milk fad health buyers do not understand cow milking … Continue reading →
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3:00 AM | Going public: Inspectors fail to reveal Salmonella outbreak at popular Calif. deli
A popular LA-area restaurant may have left nearly two dozen people with salmonella poisoning over a four-month period — and health officials failed to warn the public of the danger, an NBC4 I-Team investigation has uncovered. Brent’s Deli in Westlake … Continue reading →
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2:53 AM | Don’t eat poop, Calif man does anyway while on trial
A Paso Robles man on trial for bank robbery put his hand into his pants, took out feces and ate it while testifying on Wednesday. Andrew Gilbertson, 40, is accused of robbing the Bank of America located at Santa Rosa … Continue reading →
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2:35 AM | Listeria again: Lilydale Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breast recalled in Canada
Lilydale Inc. is recalling Lilydale brand Oven Roasted Carved Chicken Breast from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Winter Reading
Well since spring is officially here, I guess I’m overdue in posting my winter reading. For being snowed in several weekends this winter, I think I must have done more hibernating than reading/work! My reading seemed to be all over the place and more than usual off-topic to be listed here. I shall try to … Continue reading Winter Reading →

March 26, 2015

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11:25 PM | Glow Booth at the Auckland Arts Festival
Glow Booth at thinkScience day.
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9:28 PM | Stadium food safety expose linked to firing
When I turned 16 my dad and I (below, exactly as shown) took a trip around the U.S. and caught a bunch of baseball games at MLB parks. Seven cities, seven games in eight days. In each of the stadiums my … Continue reading →
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9:04 PM | Dutch meat trader at center of horse scandal faces five years in jail
The Dutch trader accused of contaminating beef with horse meat should be jailed for five years, the public prosecution department said on the opening day of his trial in Den Bosch. Willy Selten is accused of mixing over 300,000 kilos … Continue reading →
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8:54 PM | UK supermarkets block efforts to tackle Campylobacter
Government can’t do much to hold food producers accountable, but consumers can. That’s why microbial food safety should be marketed at retail, so consumers can vote with their dollars (or pounds). The UK Food Standards Agency has declared that supermarkets … Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | APHIS Statement: HPAI H5N2 Confirmed In Wyoming Goose
# 9872     Although the story has been meandering through the local press for a number of hours (see Crofsblog US: H5N2 avian influenza discovered in Wyoming), we now have an official statement from the USDA’s APHIS  website:       USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Bird in Wyoming Last Modified: Mar 26, 2015 Print CDC considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard […]
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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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