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September 08, 2014

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2:03 AM | Public Health in the News – September 7, 2014
Global Three former directors of the CDC, Bill Foege, James Mason and David Satcher offer their insights into why the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is just one example of the serious need to boost global health security worldwide, and urge the global health community to began shifting priorities over the next months and years. Sierra Leone […]

September 07, 2014

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7:57 PM | E is for...Enterovirus 68
Never a dull moment. Just as facilities have begun wrapping up their Ebola preparation plans, there's gathering evidence that several US states may be facing large clusters of acute respiratory illness associated with human enterovirus 68 (EV68).Last week the Missouri Department of Health released an Alert describing increased cases in St. Louis and an outbreak of over 300 acute respiratory illnesses in a Kansas City pediatric hospital with 15% requiring ICU care. 19 of 22 specimens sent […]
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6:41 PM | Maryland fair vendors rack up hundreds of food safety violations
More than 80 percent of the food vendors at last year’s Great Frederick Fair used unsafe food practices, according to inspections by the Frederick County Health Department. The department’s health inspectors recommended corrective actions for 56 of the 67 permitted … Continue reading →
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6:35 PM | Rodents rife in Wellington eateries
Wellington, NZ, is one of my favorite towns. But they’ve got some sanitation problems. Rodents and droppings are among cleaning failures found in more than 30 Wellington restaurants, eight of which were forced to close in the past year. The … Continue reading →
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6:27 PM | 60 sickened: lawsuit filed in E. coli outbreak on Minnesota reservation
A lawsuit has been filed over an E. coli outbreak on a Chippewa reservation in northeastern Minnesota. Bob Danielson, a member of the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Chippewa reservation near Cloquet, is suing Jim-N-Jo’s Northland Katering. It provided the … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The Sleepwalker on Trial
Even for Boston in the 19th century, it was an unusually brutal murder. Based on police reports, the murder occurred on October 27, 1845. The victim, a 21-year-old prostitute named Maria Ann Bickford, had apparently just finished dealing with a...            Related StoriesHow Do People With Mental Illness See Police?Sex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South AfricaThese Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before
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6:07 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: California vegan True Food Kitchen edition
An upscale restaurant at Fashion Island, California, that bills itself as a healthy living establishment is at the center of a suspected foodborne illness outbreak involving at least six victims, county officials said Thursday. The sickened diners tested positive for … Continue reading →
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5:52 AM | Shellfishing areas in New York waters temporarily closed after reports of foodborne illness
Following reports of foodborne illness, harvesting of oysters and hard clams in some Town of Huntington waters was to be temporarily banned as of sunrise Friday as a precaution, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said late Thursday afternoon. Tests … Continue reading →
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5:35 AM | Alberta E. coli recall now includes frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons
But what is E. coli O157:H7 doing in pork? Vinh Fat Food Products is voluntarily recalling frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons as part of larger recall of Alberta pork products. The recall was prompted by concerns … Continue reading →
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5:29 AM | Always tragic: Arkansas teen hospitalized with E. coli infection
A Northwest Arkansas 13-year-old was flown by medical helicopter to Little Rock on Friday after contracting an E. coli infection, his family said. The boy’s grandfather posted a message on social media saying the teenager had an E. coli infection … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Leafy greens cone of silence; Phoenix E. coli victim sues Trader Joe’s, salad maker
A Phoenix man is suing Trader Joe’s and Glass Onion Catering and Gourmet Foods, the manufacturer of ready-to-eat salads that were linked to an outbreak of a deadly strain of E. coli last year that sickened 33 people in four … Continue reading →
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4:53 AM | 38 sick, blame Germany: second Salmonella outbreak, this one linked to meat
The 38 human cases of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium detected recently in six Member States are likely to be part of the same cluster, a joint EFSA/ECDC report has found. Based on limited available information from food investigations, meat is the … Continue reading →
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4:49 AM | ‘Strict regulations’ with hundreds sick; European health types confirm Salmonella eggs from Germany
Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and … Continue reading →
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3:59 AM | 139 sickened: characterization of three Bacillus cereus strains involved in outbreak of food poisoning after consumption of fermented black beans (douchi) in Yunan, China
Three Bacillus cereus strains isolated from an outbreak of food poisoning caused by the consumption of fermented black beans (douchi) containing B. cereus is described. The outbreak involved 139 persons who had nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The strains were isolated … Continue reading →
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3:52 AM | Don’t look, don’t find: experts guess at proportion of illness acquired by foodborne transmission for nine enteric pathogens in Australia
Background: Estimates of the burden of illness acquired from food inform public health policy and prioritize interventions. A key component of such estimates is the proportion of illnesses that are acquired by foodborne transmission. In view of the shortage of … Continue reading →
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3:42 AM | Gene sequencing refines threatening Cryptosporidium list
Twenty-six species of Cryptosporidium have been recognised and 18 species declared non-valid in a recent shake-up of the parasite’s taxonomy using DNA sequencing techniques. Cryptosporidium is the second biggest cause of infant diarrhoea and death in developing countries, and is … Continue reading →
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3:33 AM | Break, then--that's what crazy glue is for
Several years ago, I was told by my therapist, who was trying to be helpful, that if I hadn't broken yet, I wouldn't in the future, in response to my concern that I would face the same mental health issues some family members had, that I would, in fact, at some point break.That's stuck with me, but not because it made me feel better about the several challenges I was facing, but because it made me feel pressured to continue to be the one that kept on going, didn't make major foul ups, […]

September 06, 2014

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11:00 PM | Book Review – For the Love of Zero
Book Review: For the Love of Zero - Human Fallibility and Risk Author: Dr Robert Long  ISBN: 978-0-646-58765-3 by Martin Ralph In May of this year I was fortunate enough to chair, and present a keynote address to the Safety in Psychology conference in Sydney. This was potentially a tough assignment – IFAP is not well known in the eastern states, and I had little idea as to the level of “expertise” of the audience. But the conference also presented the opportunity for us […]
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10:50 PM | The Problem with Safety
The Problem with Safety Part of the latest no punches pulled article by Phil La Duke – READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE Excerpt: Last week’s post that asked why Heinrich’s Pyramid was so popular across all industry segments despite being largely discredited by many in the safety industry angered up some of your blood. I don’t mind, if I didn’t get some of you cantankerous old coots’ blood moving some of you would be declared legally dead. I’m not […]
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1:32 PM | Surviving Ebola
Here is an interesting interview with Dr. Kent Brantley, the Ebola survivor, and his medical providers at Emory University Hospital. Key messages in this piece regarding the illness are:Diarrhea is very severe (cholera-like)Severe electrolyte imbalances result from the massive fluid lossesSome patients are probably dying of arrhythmias due to the electrolyte disturbancesPhoto: TruNews
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11:18 AM | Investigation of Listeria, Salmonella, and toxigenic E. coli in various pet foods
The Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), in collaboration with the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and its Microbiology Cooperative Agreement Program (MCAP) laboratories, conducted a study to evaluate the prevalence of selected microbial organisms in various types of … Continue reading →
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8:55 AM | Growth and survival of Enterobacteriaceae and inoculated salmonella on walnut hulls and maturing walnut fruit
Postharvest contamination of in-shell walnuts may occur when the fruit is dropped to or harvested from the orchard floor or as the outer hull is removed with mechanical abrasion and water. To evaluate the effect of maturity on the potential … Continue reading →
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8:41 AM | Tracking an Escherichia coli O157:H7–contaminated batch of leafy greens through a pilot-scale fresh-cut processing line
Cross-contamination of fresh-cut leafy greens with residual Escherichia coli O157:H7–contaminated product during commercial processing was likely a contributing factor in several recent multistate outbreaks. Consequently, radicchio was used as a visual marker to track the spread of the contaminated product … Continue reading →
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7:09 AM | Semiotics and Safety
Semiotics and Safety I read with interest a conference proposed for November 2014 entitled ‘Beyond Zero Harm, Human Factors Safety’. The subtitle of the conference is ‘Humanising impacts in safety operations to reengineer safety approach for enhanced productivity and business profitability’. Oh dear. Whilst I am sure such people as John Green will promote some serious thinking about risk and safety, the conference title is nothing short of mindless gobbledygook language. […]
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5:26 AM | The Paleomicrobiology of Malaria Detection
Malaria is arguably one of the most influential infectious diseases in human history. Its been with us as long as we have been human, but as Teddi Setzer shows us in her recent review of detection methods, our abilities to find it in the past leaves a lot to be desired. The standard method of […]
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3:38 AM | The Paleomicrobiology of Malaria
Malaria is arguably one of the most influential infectious diseases in human history. Its been with us as long as we have been human, but as Teddi Setzer shows us in her recent review of detection methods, our abilities to find it in the past leaves a lot to be desired. The standard method of […]

September 05, 2014

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6:22 PM | Ebola Heroes
It is amazing how every crisis has a hero who puts their own interests down for the sake of another. Ebola is no different. Whereas most of us would rather be miles away from the infection, there are people who cannot sit around, reading about it in the paper while other human beings suffer. The […]
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6:01 PM | New study finds the greener the neighborhood, the healthier the baby
Forget pink or blue. It turns out that the best color for baby may be green. In a new study, researchers found that mothers living in neighborhoods with plenty of greenness — grass, trees and other types of lush vegetation — were more likely to carry their pregnancies to full term and deliver babies at healthier weights.
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3:38 PM | Are you Familiar with all the Tools to Reduce Prevalence of Iron Deficiency Anemia?
Whole grains, legumes and nuts provide plenty of minerals. However, they also contain high levels of phytate which binds with iron (Fe), calcium and zinc. Phytate-bound minerals cannot be absorbed. Iron bioavailability from vegetarian diets are lower (5-12%) compared to mixed diets (14-18%) and heme iron present in meat (25%). Phytates are a major reason that vegetarians and others who do not regularly eat red meat can become iron-deficient. Iron-deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common […]
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3:05 PM | Thought on the public funding of science
Simple truth of the recentEbola hysteria and the ensuing media coverage of scientists working on hemorrhagic viruses. Approximately 85% of bioscience now wishing ill on a whole lot of people so as to draw attention to their scientific domain.
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