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Raw Tuna Suspected as Source of Salmonella Outbreak: CDC

Posted 12 hours ago by

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 – Raw tuna is suspected as the source of a salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 53 people in nine states, according to U.S. health officials. No deaths have been reported. But 10 people have been sick enough to be hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in a statement. The majority of those who fell ill said they had recently eaten sushi that included raw tuna. However, "a common brand or supplier of raw tuna has not been identified," the CDC said in its statement. While the bulk of cases, 31, are in California, eight other states are affected: Arizona (10), Illinois (1), Mississippi (1), New Mexico (6), South Dakota (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1) and Wisconsin (1), the agency said. Most of the cases have involved people who live in the southwestern United States, or who traveled to that part of the country in the ... Read more

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U.S. Making Headway Against Salmonella, E. coli: CDC

Posted 8 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 – Contaminated food sickens millions of Americans each year, but the types of bacteria causing the majority of illnesses have changed in recent years, health officials said Thursday. The incidence of reported infections with E. coli O157 and a common strain of Salmonella bacteria decreased by about one-third in 2014 compared to 2006-2008. But, while those infections decreased, infections with other types of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Vibrio were on the rise, according to experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, nine foodborne illnesses accounted for some 19,000 infections, about 4,400 hospitalizations, and 71 deaths, according to data from the CDC's FoodNet tracking system. However, the actual problem is much larger since FoodNet covers only 15 percent of the U.S. population, said Dr. Patricia Griffin, chief of the Enteric ... Read more

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Pets Can Spread Infections to People: Review

Posted 20 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 20, 2015 – Pets can transfer infections to humans, especially young children, seniors, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, experts report. Pet owners and health care providers need to be aware of this risk and take steps to protect vulnerable people, said the authors of a review published in the April 20 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Studies suggest physicians do not regularly ask about pet contact, nor do they discuss the risks of zoonotic diseases with patients, regardless of the patient's immune status," said Dr. Jason Stull in a journal news release. He is an assistant professor in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University. A zoonotic disease is one that can be passed between animals and humans. All pets can transmit diseases to people, including salmonella, drug-resistant bacteria, ... Read more

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The Inside Dish on Barbecue Safety

Posted 13 Apr 2015 by

SUNDAY, April 12, 2015 – Barbecues and picnics are synonymous with warm weather, and following food safety rules will help ensure that everyone stays healthy, an expert says. "First and foremost, remember that the 'time-temperature danger zone' is between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F," said Rebecca Blake, director of clinical nutrition at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. "Foods should not be left in this temperature range for more than two hours. If it is, it should be thrown away immediately." On very hot days, when temperatures top 90 degrees F., food should be left out for no more than one hour, she noted. "Leaving food out too long at room [or outdoor] temperatures can cause bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter) to grow to dangerous levels that can make us sick – usually with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea," Blake said. ... Read more

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Steer Clear of Raw Milk, Researchers Warn

Posted 31 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 – Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk, according to a new report. The researchers warned that people are nearly 100 times more likely to get a foodborne illness from raw (unpasteurized) milk than from pasteurized milk. While some claim that raw milk is healthier and tastes better than pasteurized milk, the report authors said their findings show that raw milk carries significant health risks. People should not drink it, they said. The team at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future reviewed 81 published journal articles about raw cow's milk. They found it was often contaminated with Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and a dangerous type of E. coli. These bacteria can cause foodborne illness leading to diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, fever ... Read more

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Health Tip: Cancer Treatment Makes Foodborne Illness a Bigger Concern

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

-- People being treated for cancer are more vulnerable to foodborne illness and its serious complications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration explains why: Radiation, chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can weaken your immune system. Cancer itself also may compromise your immune system. A weaker immune system means you are more susceptible to infection, including foodborne illness. Foodborne infection may extend your illness, potentially leading to complications and hospitalization. To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, you need to be careful when handling, preparing and eating foods, the FDA says. Read more

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U.S. Officials Pinpoint Common Sources of Foodborne Illnesses

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – Beef, dairy, fruit and certain types of vegetables are among the most common sources for the four major types of foodborne illness that strike nearly 2 million Americans each year, a U.S. government report finds. More than 80 percent of E. coli O157 illnesses are linked to beef and vegetable row crops, such as leafy vegetables, while 77 percent of salmonella infections are associated with seeded vegetables (such as tomatoes), eggs, fruit, chicken, beef, sprouts and pork, the report showed. About three-quarters of campylobacter illnesses are linked with dairy (66 percent) and chicken (8 percent). Most of the outbreaks caused by dairy were associated with raw milk or cheese produced from raw milk, such as unpasteurized queso fresco, officials said. Fruit is implicated in 50 percent of listeria infections, followed by dairy at 31 percent, according to the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keep Certain Foods Isolated

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by

-- Foods such as meat, seafood, poultry and eggs must be separated from other edibles to prevent possible cross-contamination with germs. The website offers these suggestions: Keep these foods separate from all other foods in your grocery shopping cart. When you check out at the grocery, make sure each of these foods is separately wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent juices from leaking. Keep these foods in plastic bags or storage containers in the refrigerator or freezer. Eggs should be stored in their cartons and kept in the main part of the refrigerator, not in the door. Read more

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Mouse Study Suggests Antibiotics May Aid Salmonella's Spread in Animals

Posted 20 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 – Antibiotics might actually help Salmonella – bacteria that cause food poisoning – spread among infected animals, according to new research. Although this phenomenon isn't yet known to have occurred among people, the study's authors cautioned their findings should serve as a reminder of the potential dangers of antibiotic use. They also noted that their findings call into question the pervasive use of low doses of antibiotics among livestock. "We humans shouldn't take antibiotics lightly. We need to consider whether they're always beneficial when they're given to animals across the board, or when we take them ourselves," said the study's senior author, Denise Monack, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, in a university news release. The study's authors explained that some mice are normally what's known as ... Read more

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Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne-Illness Germs a Mixed Bag: CDC

Posted 1 Jul 2014 by

TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 – There's good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs that cause foodborne illnesses, a new U.S. government report released Tuesday shows. "Our latest data show some progress in reducing resistance among some germs that make people sick, but unfortunately we're also seeing greater resistance in some pathogens, like certain types of salmonella," Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the division of foodborne, waterborne and environmental diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an agency news release. Each year, antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs cause about 430,000 illnesses in the United States, according to the CDC. The agency's latest data, from 2012, show that multidrug-resistant salmonella, which causes about 100,000 illnesses a year, decreased during the past 10 years and resistance to ... Read more

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Antibiotic Resistance Ups Salmonella Hospitalizations: CDC

Posted 9 Oct 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 – Because of antibiotic resistance, 42 percent of patients stricken with salmonella tied to a California chicken farm have required hospitalization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The outbreak's investigation, which has been hampered by the U.S. government shutdown, got a boost Wednesday afternoon with the announcement that 30 furloughed CDC employees were being called back to work. "Ten were brought back to work on foodborne outbreaks," CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds said. So far, 278 people from 17 states have been reported ill from chickens traced to three Foster Farms plants in California. About 42 percent of the 183 patients for whom information is available have been hospitalized – 76 in all – which is an unusually high rate for Salmonella Heidelberg, said CDC spokesman John O'Connor. "The typical hospitalization rate ... Read more

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Salmonella Cause of Most Foodborne-Illness Outbreaks: CDC

Posted 24 Jan 2013 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 24 – Food poisoning sickens millions of Americans each year, and most outbreaks are caused by salmonella-tainted foods or norovirus, federal health officials report. Salmonella-contaminated eggs alone accounted for 2,231 illnesses in 2009-2010, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who set out to identify the specific pathogens responsible for widespread foodborne illnesses. "CDC estimates that one in six Americans get sick from a foodborne illness each year," said lead author L. Hannah Gould, a senior epidemiologist at CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. More than 1,500 foodborne-disease outbreaks were reported in 2009-2010, involving nearly 29,500 illnesses, 1,200 hospitalizations and 23 deaths, according to the CDC. Besides salmonella in eggs, common causes of outbreaks included E. coli O157 ... Read more

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Scientists Warn of New Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella

Posted 3 Aug 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3 – The identification of a new multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella shows the importance of public health surveillance in a global food system, French scientists say. Their analysis of national surveillance systems in the United States, Denmark, France, England and Wales revealed the emergence of the S. Kentucky strain of salmonella, which has a high level of resistance to ciprofloxacin, a common treatment for severe salmonella infections. This strain infected 489 patients in France, England and Wales, and Denmark between 2000 and 2008. The first infections were acquired mainly in Egypt between 2002 and 2005. Since 2006, infections have also been acquired in various parts of Africa and the Middle East. About 10 percent of the European patients said they hadn't traveled to any of these areas, which suggests that their infections may have resulted from eating ... Read more

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In U.S., Salmonella Is On the Rise While E. Coli Retreats

Posted 7 Jun 2011 by

TUESDAY, June 7 – As a deadly new strain of E. coli in Europe makes headlines, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday that salmonella, not E. coli, remains the biggest foodborne health threat to Americans. In fact, while rates of several types of foodborne illness – including E. coli – have been falling over the past 15 years, there's been no progress against salmonella infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While infections from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 (the strain of most concern in the United States) have dropped almost in half and the rates of six other foodborne infections have been cut 23 percent, salmonella infections have risen 10 percent, the agency said. "There are about 50 million people each year who become sick from food in the U.S. That's about one in six Americans," CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said during a noon ... Read more

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Fast Response Crucial in Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: Study

Posted 23 Feb 2011 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 23 – Nearly three years after a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened about 1,500 people and claimed two lives, U.S. epidemiologists have learned that speed is of the essence in identifying sources of food contamination and preventing further infection. But speed requires resources that cost money and, as an editorial accompanying the paper in the Feb. 23 online issue of the New England Journal of Medicine points out, funds may not be forthcoming. Although the recently signed Food Safety Modernization Act could help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration respond better to outbreaks of food-borne illness, the reality is that Congress still needs to authorize the money, the editorial stated. During the 2008 outbreak – the largest episode of food-borne illness in the United States in 10 years – investigators initially thought the contamination came from tomatoes. ... Read more

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