Health Highlights: Sept. 17, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Superbug Kills 7th Patient at NIH Hospital

A deadly superbug that's resistant to most antibiotics has killed a seventh patient at the U.S. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland.

The victim was a boy from Minnesota who arrived at the research hospital in Bethesda in April to receive treatment for complications from a bone marrow transplant. He died Sept. 7, NIH officials told the Washington Post.

The boy was the 19th patient at the NIH facility to be infected with an antibiotic strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae. The outbreak began when a patient carrying the superbug arrived at the hospital in the summer of 2011, the Associated Press reported.

The latest death was the first new infection at the facility since January, the AP reported.

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FDA Warns of Salmonella-Tainted Mangoes From Mexico

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid mangoes from Agricola Daniella of Mexico, citing possible contamination with salmonella.

"Testing by the FDA has found Salmonella in several samples of mangoes from this producer," the FDA said in a statement issued Friday.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup which has infected 105 people in 16 states," the agency explained, and "the California Department of Public Health has traced several illnesses of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup through the supply chain to Agricola Daniella."

The FDA said the company has been placed on its "Import Alert" list, meaning that mangoes from Agricola Daniella will not be allowed entry into the United States until the importer can prove they are not contaminated with salmonella.

In the meantime, consumers should not consume Agricola Daniella mangoes, which are identified by their product sticker, the FDA said. Washing the fruit may not rid it of salmonella, since the germ can be both outside and inside the mango, the agency added.

Posted: September 2012


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