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Make sure your Cinco de Mayo menu doesn’t include pathogens

Although it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular, partly because it provides those with ties to Mexico to celebrate its customs and culture and partly because of the marketing efforts of the fresh produce industry. The annual remembrance of the Mexican army’s 1862… Continue Reading

Travelers to Cuba might first listen up about the food safety risks

Fidel Castro’s death came by coincidence just ahead of several more American airlines this week beginning regular airline service to Cuba. On the runway for take-off to Cuba this week are United and Delta Airlines. Jetblue Airways, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Silver Airways began flying to Cuba earlier this year, Frontier Airlines and Sprit… Continue Reading

Nepal Likely Source of Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak

United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal likely did bring cholera into Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake last year, according to a new study published this week in mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. A separate group of researchers last week also published a study in Nature that used advanced genetic… Continue Reading

Rice Farmers in Haiti Fear Cholera Contamination

The rice harvest in northwestern Haiti is likely to suffer over widespread fear among farmers about cholera contamination, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization announced this week. Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which has sickened almost 150,000 and killed almost 3,000, was magnified by the November floods caused by hurricane Tomas, which damaged up to 200,000 acres… Continue Reading

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti Likely from UN Troops

Speculation that United Nation Nepalese peacekeepers brought Cholera to earthquake-ravaged Haiti gained some legitimacy this week.  French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux conducted an evaluation of the outbreak and concluded that the outbreak, which has killed at least 2,000 people, originated right next to a UN base outside of the town of Mirebalais. “No other hypothesis could… Continue Reading

Cholera Spreading Faster Than Anticipated

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is spreading faster than public health agencies originally estimated, the senior United Nations official said on Tuesday. In a few short weeks since the outbreak began, 1,344 people have lost their lives to the disease, which has rocked an already struggling, earthquaked-ravaged Haiti, trying to rebuild. UN humanitarian coordinator Nigel… Continue Reading