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

Opinion

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

MMWR: Rapid Response Kept April’s Ohio Botulism Outbreak in Check

April’s botulism outbreak in Ohio was the nation’s largest in 40 years, and one of the first patients to become ill died. But CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is crediting early recognition and fast action with limiting the damage. The single fatality in the Ohio botulism outbreak blamed on a church potluck luncheon… Continue Reading

CDC: Recalled Fruit Likely Caused Listeria Cases Last Summer

This past summer, consumers were confronted with a series of recalls of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots and other stone fruits potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The fruit, sourced from Wawona Packing Co., was recalled from major retailers such as ALDI, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Kroger and Walmart. Many consumers began expressing concerns that they had been infected, and the… Continue Reading

Report Details Causes of Salmonella Outbreaks at Two Arkansas Prisons

Problems with food preparation, hand-washing and food-safety training were cited as the cause of two large, multi-serotype Salmonella outbreaks at Arkansas prisons in August of 2012, according to a new study released in last week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Investigators from the Arkansas Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: MMWR – Food for Thought

Opinion

Several years ago I started following the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  It used to come weekly in the mail (perhaps it still does), but it is a bit easier to see it online and it can be quickly downloaded. Given my profession, I tend to quickly pass over some of the other… Continue Reading