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Hantavirus infection confirmed; mice can contaminate food

The California Department of Public Health is reporting that a Northern California man has been diagnosed with hantavirus after rodent exposure. The warning, posted Tuesday, reminds the public that rodents and other animals can easily contaminate food and food preparation surfaces with the hantavirus and plague. There have been 73 hantavirus infections in California and 659 cases… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: The Outbreak Express


We did, as reported in this space last week, make a transition to a new publishing platform. It did require more of some of us than others. I should confess that of all of those who participated in the move to the new system, I was the most resistant to change. I’ve raised hanging back… Continue Reading

Any Foodborne Transmission Among Hantavirus, Swine Flu or WNV?

Not a lot, but some

Mangoes are likely responsible for the ongoing Salmonella Braenderup outbreak and Cantaloupes are almost certainly the source of the recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak, but what roles do food and water play in spreading Hantavirus, swine flu and West Nile Virus? None of the three are typically thought of as foodborne diseases, but that does not… Continue Reading