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March 23, 2015

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9:34 PM | There’s sick people: Campy in raw milk sparks recall Claravale Farm products in Calif
The press release writers used the same ending three years ago when Claravale raw milk stuff was quarantined, and eventually linked 22 sick people to the products. Epidemiology still works. Raw milk, raw nonfat milk and raw cream produced by … Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | Campy in UK baby sparks formula investigation
Aptamil is investigating a complaint that some of its baby milk might be linked to an 11-week-old boy getting food poisoning. Laura Stevens found 50p-sized blood spots in her son Roman’s nappy and took him to the doctors. He was … Continue reading →
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5:52 PM | Students share eMammal!
On Thursday, March 5, eight middle school students from the classrooms of two 2014 Students Discover Kenan Fellows, Dave Glenn and Dayson Pasion, presented their research on wildlife camera-trapping at the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) conference in Raleigh. Over the last year, the students have participated in the eMammal citizen science project, deploying wildlife cameras in their schoolyard to capture animal activity. The students have been working in collaboration […]
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1:27 PM | OIE Notification: H5N8 In Sweden
Sweden In Relation to Europe   # 9855     In a follow up to Friday’s report (see Stockholm: Two Dead Swans – H5N8 Suspected), we have the official OIE Notification, which indicates the two swans were found in different locations, roughly 5km apart.      Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection Unknown or inconclusive Epidemiological comments Ten mute swans found dead in central Stockholm (two batches of […]
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12:00 PM | When Antibiotic Resistance in vitro Does Not Tell You What You Need To Know
by Terry Roemer | Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that there is a deep difference between what happens in vivo and in vitro. The idea that one can comfortably extrapolate from the bench to, say, the bedside, is receding rapidly. Living things, not even the smallest ones, are no agar plates, however convenient and inexpensive these may be.
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11:44 AM | Tsunami Preparedness Week - 2015
  # 9854   Since they don’t happen very often, the threats from great earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis are often under appreciated, particularly in North America and Europe.    Yet history is replete with accounts of devastating seismic events in such seemingly unlikely places as Basil, Switzerland and Lisbon, Portugal (see A Look At Europe’s Seismic Risks), Charleston, S.C. and Vancouver, B.C. (see Just A Matter Of Time).   […]
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10:33 AM | BacterioFiles 207 - Microbe Messages Mire Malaria Movement
This episode: Gut microbes may induce an immune response that protects against malaria! Download Episode (10.2 MB, 11.2 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Gut bacteria help immune responses even in the lungs (of mice) Conductive bacteria can encase themselves in uranium Discovering and prepping bacteria to degrade environmental pollutants Using bacteria to reduce arsenic toxicity in rice Soil fungi protect potatoes from parasites Post questions or […]
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10:09 AM | HK Notified Of Human H5N1 Case In Yunnan
Credit Wikipedia   # 9853     Although China has been strangely silent on H7N9 cases for the past two weeks (see H7N9: No News Is . . . . Curious, Hong Kong has been notified this morning of their third H5N1 case for 2015.      CHP notified by NHFPC of one human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Yunnan The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) today (March 23) received notification from the National Health and Family […]
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6:54 AM | Clean hair policy: But don’t shave over a McMuffin
One of McDonald’s UK guests who bought McMuffin for breakfast was left dismayed after finding beard trimmings on her meal. This made April Gilmour, a 24-year-old from Kilmarnock, felt nauseous as she discovers short, dark hairs littered in the sandwich … Continue reading →
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6:45 AM | Organic spinach dip recalled for Listeria in Calif.Organic spinach dip recalled for Listeria in Calif.
La Terra Fina is issuing a voluntary recall of its Organic Spinach Dip due to a potential health risk from Listeria exposure. The recall of product available in Bay Area Costco stores is a precaution. This is the only product … Continue reading →
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6:41 AM | Quasi Species- Discussion
GreetingsI have been posting regularly on "Infection Outbreaks". In my previous post, I talked about Indian Influenza outbreak that has been concerning and received some attention. With a publication claiming there is a mutation of interest which may make the H1N1 more pathogenic but Indian studies showing that there isn't such a scenario has created a duality (Link). But what causes emergence of Rapid mutation in viruses like that of Influenza? That's an interesting question to ask. May be the […]
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4:00 AM | thinkScience at the Auckland Arts Festival – Biolumination II
What happens when a microbiologist with a love of glowing bacteria teams up with a group of artists? Biolumination II!
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1:09 AM | List of Experiments for Biochemistry Laboratory work
                        List of Experiments for Laboratory work Course Title: Laboratory work I: Biochemistry (Microbiology) Credit: 1... CopyRight @ Bishnu Marasini @ Science Disdained Nepal. Please Don't reproduce any material from this blog. For permission; bismar.blog@gmail.com

March 22, 2015

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10:19 PM | 43 humans sickened in 2013 chicken jerky pet treat Salmonella outbreak
Pet treats and pet food can be contaminated with Salmonella and other pathogens, though they are infrequently implicated as the source of human outbreaks. In 2013, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services investigated a cluster of Salmonella … Continue reading →
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10:04 PM | ‘Organic superfood’ O’Coconut recalled for Salmonella
I have no idea what an organic superfoods company or product is, but it probably shouldn’t have Salmonella. Nutiva, an Organic Superfoods company, has initiated a voluntary product recall of the following O’Coconut™ products after being notified by supplier that … Continue reading →
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6:21 PM | Signs in Seattle: Restaurant inspection disclosure
Dine Safe King County came out of Sarah Schacht’s public advocacy for posted restaurant inspection scores. Her successful petition to King County for posted inspection scores caused King County to start a stakeholder committee process to provide suggestions for restaurant … Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Embarrassing: Guelph eateries not obligated to post health inspection results
Unlike many other cities, Guelph (that’s in Canada) doesn’t require places that serve food to post their health inspection results on their premises. A Mercury survey of the 460 food establishments that had health code violations at their most recent … Continue reading →
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5:50 PM | 400 sick: High school students in China riot over mass food poisoning
Thousands of disgruntled students smashed up their high school campus in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou in the early hours of Friday morning after an outbreak of food poisoning made hundreds of them sick. Students at Guizhou’s Puding County … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 2 MERS Cases
#9852   Saudi Arabia announces 2 new MERS cases this morning – one in Riyadh and one in Najran – using the the abbreviated format unveiled yesterday. While no longer providing hospital or animal exposure histories, a footnote indicates more details will be forthcoming in their recently instituted weekly update.    
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7:14 AM | The ChuckNorrisMicrobiome will get you, and you, and you ...
Some Saturday fun ... [View the story "The #ChuckNorrisMicrobiome will get you" on Storify] -------- This is from the "Tree of Life Blog" of Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist and Open Access advocate at the University of California, Davis. For short updates, follow me on Twitter. --------
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4:43 AM | Food safety risk communication in the kitchen: consensus approach
Foodborne diseases are a major public health problem. Improper storage and food preparation at home can favour microbial contamination of food. Consumers play a crucial role in controlling this risk. To reduce exposure to risk, it is essential to provide … Continue reading →
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3:57 AM | Macadamia Nuts recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination
Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. of Boerne, Texas is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001 was … Continue reading →

March 21, 2015

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2:22 PM | Saudi MOH Reports 1 New MERS Case, 3 Recoveries
# 9852   After three days with no new MERS cases reported, KSA is back reporting 1 case and 3 recoveries.   There is also a major change in the reporting format, with checkboxes for recent animal contact and healthcare related infections noticeably missing from today’s report.  
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2:03 PM | HK SCEZD: Management Of Contacts of Human Avian Flu Cases
  # 9851   With 13 imported H7N9 cases over the past two winters, several brushes with H5N1 over the years, and even an occasional H9N2 infection popping up, Hong Kong has a good deal of experience dealing with avian flu cases.   They have also followed up on hundreds of close contacts of these cases, and have even set aside a holiday camp as a quarantine facility (see Hong Kong: Epidemiological Update On Imported H7N9 Case).   Yesterday Hong Kong’s SCEZD […]

March 20, 2015

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8:45 PM | Creating a 3D Print global research community
A case study on my use of 3D printing in environmental research: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/it-services/help-guides/Open%20Science%203DP%20Case%20Study.pdf Thanks to Lisa Burns for putting this together.
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6:05 PM | Gordon Lightfoot struck with foodborne illness
Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is postponing his concert in Kalamazoo a second time because of ongoing health issues related to foodborne illness.
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5:49 PM | ‘Disgusting’ says Schaffner: Philly McDonald’s leaks sewage, continues to operate for 4 days
As the stench of backed-up sewage permeated the restaurant, a West Philadelphia McDonald’s continued selling Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, and fries over four days last fall, installing porta-potties in the parking lot but never notifying the city, which would have … Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | 200 students sickened: Indian school slapped with Rs 3 lakh fine for bad hostel food
At the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), around 200 students fell on September 10, 2013 after eating mess food. The incident happened at Rajendra Bhawan Hostel at IIT-R. The students complained of stomach ache and vomiting and the … Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | 14% of Norovirus outbreaks from food
Worldwide, noroviruses are a leading cause of gastroenteritis. They can be transmitted from person to person directly or indirectly through contaminated food, water, or environments. To estimate the proportion of foodborne infections caused by noroviruses on a global scale, we … Continue reading →
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1:20 PM | Stockholm: Two Dead Swans – H5N8 Suspected
Sweden In Relation to Europe     NOTE:  I’ll be away from my desk for most of the next 48 hours.  While I’ll have my laptop with me, I may not be able to do much blogging until I return on Sunday.  In the meantime check Crofsblog, FluTrackers, and VDU Blog for any important updates.     # 9850 The Swedish Board of Agriculture has released the following statement on the discovery of what they believe to be two dead swans with […]
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