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Antibiotic Resistance: Let’s Change the Way We Understand It

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In the past few days, there have been two interesting reports on antibiotic resistance. One was released by Consumer Reports entitled, “How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?” The other, much less publicized, was put together by scientists and physicians who work in public health and do know something about antibiotic resistance. This second report was published… Continue Reading

CDC: 495 in 30 States Now Have Cyclospora Infection, Possibly From Cilantro

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Update: CDC posted another update on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, detailing this outbreak investigation. As of Aug. 21, the agency stated that 495 people from 30 states with confirmed Cyclospora infections had been reported, which is 19 more people than CDC reported on Aug. 18. The previous story follows: According to the latest update posted Tuesday, as of… Continue Reading

Fair Lesson: Spread Soap and Water, Not E. Coli Infection

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There was a lot of hand-washing going on during the Northwest Washington Fair last week in Lynden, WA. Yes, there were the usual farm exhibits, carnival rides, food booths, music, talent shows, and much more. But the 24 hand-washing stations placed around the animal barns, along with a team of specially trained “Hand-Washing Ambassadors,” underscored the… Continue Reading

Investigation Over Into Outbreak Linked to Recalled Frozen Tuna

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The investigation into a Salmonella outbreak which sickened at least 65 people from 11 states and hospitalized 11 of them is now over, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC noted, however, that the recalled frozen tuna linked to the outbreak has a long shelf life and may still be in freezers. “Restaurants and… Continue Reading

FSIS Posts List of Outlets in WA, AK, OR Where Recalled Whole Hogs Were Sent

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted a distribution list of 60 retail and distribution outlets in Washington state, Alaska, and Oregon which received whole hogs from Kapowsin Meats of Graham, WA. The product has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that, as of Aug. 13, had sickened 134 people in WA and… Continue Reading

Multi-drug Resistance Identified in WA Salmonella Outbreak

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The strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork that has infected 134 people in Washington, hospitalizing 16, is multi-drug resistant. According to an update posted Friday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance testing conducted on clinical isolates from three infected people found that the Salmonella was resistant to ampicillin, streptomycin,… Continue Reading

CDC Offers a Look Back at 20 Years of FoodNet

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Twenty years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track incidence of foodborne illness. For the September 2015 issues of Emerging Infectious Diseases, members of the FoodNet workgroup wrote about the history and achievements of the program. In the late 1980s… Continue Reading

Salmonella Illnesses Prompt Recall of Whole Hogs for Barbeque

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Whole hogs for barbeque, recalled Thursday, have been associated with 32 Salmonella I 4, [5],12:i:- illnesses now being tracked by the Washington State Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. And officials say those cases may be part of a larger outbreak. Graham, WA-based Kapowsin Meats has recalled 116,262… Continue Reading

CDC Researchers Profile 10 Years of E. Coli O157 Outbreaks

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Escherichia coli O157:H7 caused more outbreaks in the United States from 2003 through 2012 than during the previous 20 years, according to authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Writing in the August edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC’s Katherine E. Heiman, Rajal K. Mody, Shacara D. Johnson, Patricia M. Griffin, and… Continue Reading

Federal Report on Antimicrobial Trends Gets Interactive Update

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its 2012-2013 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. The new collection of data on antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and animals at slaughter includes interactive graphs. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and… Continue Reading