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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


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

UK Approves E. coli O157:H7 Vaccine for Cattle

A Canadian vaccine designed to reduce E. coli O157:H7 shedding in cattle has become the first drug of its kind to be approved for use in the United Kingdom. The medication – manufactured by Bioniche Life Sciences, Inc. – was granted a Special Treatment Certificate (STC) by the UK’s Veterinary Medical Directorate, a branch of… Continue Reading

Kansas State Finds Cattle Vaccine Works as Pre-Harvest E. coli Strategy

Vaccinating cattle for E. coli O157:H7 has, in theory, long been a favorite pre-harvest intervention strategy for consumers, and now Kansas State University has found it appears to work. K State has found a commercial vaccine for cattle can effectively reduce levels of E. coli by more than 50 percent by using two doses rather… Continue Reading

La Jolla Institute Targets E. coli’s ‘Border Guards’

E. coli maybe no more invincible that those vulnerable exhaust ports leading to the main reaction of the Death Star in the old Star Wars movie. Just as that port was the Achilles’ heel that allowed the rebels to destroy the Death Star, researchers at the La Jolla Institute appear to have found a key… Continue Reading

Microbe Found in Salt Could Lead to Salmonella Vaccine

The Baltimore Sun reported Thursdaythat a team of University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists have spent years researching and developing salt crystals harboring microbes that could act as carriers vaccines for pathogens such as Salmonella or typhoid. The microbe, Halaorchaea, could be grown to combat a number of diseases around the world. The team… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Alert for Restaurant Diners in Indiana

People who ate at the Lone Star Restaurant in Evansville, IN from April 27 to May 3, 2012 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, according to a news release Thursday from the Vanderburgh County Health Department. County officials said they are working with the Indiana State Department of Health in investigating a… Continue Reading