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Pet Turtles Continue to Spread Salmonella

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Kissing a turtle may be more than just yucky – sometimes it can literally be sickening. U.S. health officials found that illegal small turtles caused 15 outbreaks of Salmonella in the United States over the past decade. Half of the cases were in children under 10. Certain behaviors were likely to lead to infection, the new report said. Among those behaviors: "Kissing turtles, letting them roam on kitchen countertops and tabletops where food and drink is prepared or consumed, and cleaning turtle habitats in kitchen sinks," researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Although banned since 1975, turtles less than 4 inches long remain popular as pets in the United States, according to the report. "Exposure to small pet turtles has long been recognized as a source of human salmonellosis in the United States, and the public health ... Read more

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Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Products: CDC

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – A salmonella outbreak that has sickened 11 people in nine states appears to be linked to RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement products made by Garden of Life, federal health officials say. One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ten patients who were interviewed said they consumed RAW Meal products in the week before they became ill. Health officials in Utah and Oregon said salmonella was found in open containers of RAW Meal products collected from patients' homes. On Jan. 29, Garden of Life recalled some RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement products in original, chocolate, vanilla and vanilla chai varieties due to possible salmonella contamination. The products were sold online and in retail stores across the United States. The products have a long shelf life ... Read more

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Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

Posted 25 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – Most of the nearly 8 million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, a new report says. More than 6 million children younger than 5 lost their lives because of treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhea and respiratory tract infections, according to pediatric researchers who've analyzed results of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. "The vast majority of deaths in children and adolescents are preventable," said the authors from the Global Burden of Disease Pediatrics Collaboration. "Proven interventions exist to prevent diarrheal and respiratory diseases, neonatal conditions, iron deficiency anemia and road injuries, which result in some of the highest burdens of unnecessary death and disability among children and adolescents." For the study, the researchers from around the world used data from a variety of sources to target ... Read more

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Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat

Posted 23 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 – Although they've been banned as pets in the United States since 1975, small turtles are still causing salmonella infections, mostly in children, researchers report. The turtles, less than 4 inches long, remain popular pets, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. In a new report released Wednesday, CDC researchers identified eight salmonella outbreaks between 2011 and 2013, causing 473 illnesses across the country. "Salmonella from small turtles is a significant public health issue," said study lead researcher Maroya Walters, an epidemiologist with the CDC. "These outbreaks were in 41 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, so this is a big, widespread issue," she said. Walters said that although the small turtles have been banned as pets, they are still available for education, display or research purposes. And they're also sold ... Read more

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Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks the Most Deadly: CDC

Posted 3 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 – Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness deaths in the United States, even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks, a new government report shows. The findings prompted U.S. health officials to urge the food industry to play a larger role in preventing multistate outbreaks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. "Americans shouldn't have to worry about getting sick from the food they eat," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a news conference Tuesday. But each year one in six Americans is sickened by contaminated food, he said, adding that, "food industries play a critical role in improving our food safety." The food industry can help stop outbreaks by keeping better records to allow officials to trace contaminated food faster and by alerting consumers to ... Read more

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More Than 730 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 732 illnesses in 35 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Distribution to other states may also have occurred, the agency added. Four deaths have been reported in the outbreak: one in Arizona, one in California, one in Oklahoma, and one in Texas. So far, 150 people have been hospitalized, CDC officials said Tuesday. Fifty percent of the illnesses reported have been in children under the age of 18, agency officials added. ... Read more

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More Than 670 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 671 illnesses in 34 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Distribution to other states may also have occurred, the agency added. Three deaths have been reported in the outbreak: one in Arizona, one in California and one in Texas. So far, 131 people have been hospitalized, CDC officials said Tuesday. Fifty-one percent of the illnesses reported have been in children under the age of 18, agency officials added. On Sept. ... Read more

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More Than 400 Illnesses Reported in Latest Salmonella Outbreak

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – A salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers imported from Mexico has now caused 418 illnesses in 31 states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. Distribution to other states may also have occurred, the agency added. Two deaths have also been reported in the outbreak, one in California and one in Texas. So far, 91 people have been hospitalized, CDC officials said Tuesday. Fifty-two percent of the illnesses reported have been in children under the age of 18, agency officials added. On Sept. 4, the company ... Read more

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2nd Death Reported in Nationwide Salmonella Outbreak

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – A second death has been reported in a salmonella outbreak that has been linked to contaminated cucumbers and caused 341 illnesses in 30 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexico-grown cucumbers were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. The first death, of a 99-year-old woman, was reported last week in San Diego, and the second death involved a woman who had other serious health issues, the Associated Press reported. The first woman died Aug. 17, and the second death occurred in late August. So far, 70 people have been hospitalized in the outbreak. More than 50 percent of the illnesses ... Read more

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Clearing Land Around Farms Doesn't Improve Food Safety

Posted 14 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 14, 2015 – Clearing areas of natural habitat around farm fields doesn't improve food safety, a new study shows. The practice began after a 2006 E. coli outbreak was traced back to packaged spinach from a California farm. That outbreak killed three people and sickened hundreds of others in the United States, researchers said. The source of the E. coli that caused the outbreak was never officially determined. "Wildlife took much of the blame for that outbreak, even though rates of E. coli in wildlife are generally very low," study author Daniel Karp, a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a university news release. "Now, growers are pressured by buyers to implement practices meant to discourage wildlife from approaching fields of produce. This includes clearing ... Read more

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Germs in Foodborne Illness Gaining Resistance to Antibiotics, CDC Says

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs remains a public health threat despite attempts to combat the problem, according to new U.S. government data. Antibiotic-resistant infections from foodborne germs still cause about 440,000 illnesses in the United States each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported online Tuesday. "Antibiotic resistance can arise spontaneously, but the greatest contribution to antibiotic resistance is the overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics," said one expert, Dr. Len Horovitz, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was not involved in the new report. Testing in 2013 revealed that multidrug resistance – non-responsiveness to three or more classes of antibiotics – in salmonella infections remained steady, accounting for 10 percent of foodborne illnesses, the CDC said. But antibiotic ... Read more

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Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate are over-the-counter drugs designed to help people with diarrhea feel better. The American Academy of Family Physicians says while they're safe for most people, not everyone should take these medicines. Among those who should avoid the drugs: Children aged 6 or younger should avoid loperamide; 12 or younger should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone with a fever, bloody or black stools, or prior allergic reaction to the drug should avoid loperamide. Anyone who has an allergy to aspirin or salicylate medications should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone aged 12 to 18 who could have the chickenpox or flu also should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Read more

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