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Foodservice workers should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis A is a communicable disease that often spreads from person to person. Person-to-person transmission occurs via the “fecal-oral route,” while all other exposure is generally attributable to contaminated food or water. Food-related outbreaks are usually associated with contamination of food during preparation by a hepatitis A – infected food handler. The food handler is… Continue Reading

Second Hepatitis A Positive Tim Horton’s Employee Prompts Another Vaccine Call

Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) has confirmed a second case of Hepatitis A in an individual who works at a local restaurant. MCHD is providing information to alert residents and guests to the possible exposure and to recommend prompt Hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin (IG) treatment to potentially exposed individuals. The diagnosed individual works… Continue Reading

Multi-state response underway for restaurant Hepatitis A cases

While continuing to urge customers of a restaurant in New York’s Westchester County to seek post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A, county officials declared they “feel very confident that’s it’s safe to eat at bartaco.” Four people who ate at the restaurant have been confirmed with Hepatitis A infections. Post-exposure treatment campaigns are underway in New… Continue Reading

New York Hepatitis A Case Prompts Vaccine Clinics

Officials in Erie County, NY, announced Sunday that two precautionary public health clinics are being held in response to a recent confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a restaurant worker at Casa-di-Pizza in Buffalo, NY. The purpose of the clinics is to prevent infection to anyone who may have been exposed. “Dine-in patrons of Casa-di-Pizza… Continue Reading

FDA Approves Campylobacter Vaccine for Human Trials

A vaccine to protect against Campylobacter jejuni was recently approved for human clinical trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Campylobacter is a major cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide — estimated to be the cause of 4-15 percent of cases. It’s a problem in both developed and developing countries and is associated with unpasteurized dairy… Continue Reading

Biosecurity Plans: Defending the Food Supply

If a disease outbreak occurs in today’s interconnected global economy, the stakes are higher than usual: Expect lost domestic and international sales, a damaged reputation, and even a hit to the U.S. economy from lost trade and employment. The desired outcome, of course, is to prevent disease outbreaks with strong biosecurity plans. Are today’s plans… Continue Reading

With Success of Rotavirus Vaccine, Norovirus Now a Greater Threat to Kids

Until recently, rotavirus was the leading cause of gastrointestinal illness in young children in the United States. Before a vaccine was developed for the virus in 2006, “almost all children in the United States were infected with rotavirus before their 5th birthday,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Now, a new… Continue Reading

Scientists Conduct Human Trial of Two New Shigella Vaccines

Scientists have begun a clinical trial of two vaccines that may prevent Shigella infection, announced the National Institutes of Health Wednesday. The government-funded study will examine the effect of two different but related vaccines on 90 healthy adults ages 18 to 45 years old. Shigellosis, the disease caused by infection with Shigella bacteria, is an… Continue Reading

Poultry Vaccinations Credited For UK’s Big Drop in Salmonella

The United Kingdom’s mass poultry vaccinations introduced to combat Salmonella infections have led to a dramatic fall in the number of cases since the late 1990s, according to a researcher at the University of Liverpool. Salmonella are dangerous foodborne bacteria that affect people worldwide, causing diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever and abdominal pain. The European Union… Continue Reading

A Made-in-Canada Solution to E. coli O157 Outbreaks

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The recent largest beef recall in Canadian history and its resulting economic and health consequences illustrates the complexities and difficulties associated with Canadian beef safety. However, there is currently a simple, unused, practical and economically viable solution to avoiding such beef recalls as well as preventing E. coli O157 outbreaks — we should vaccinate cattle… Continue Reading