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To preserve cultures as a key disease detection tool, the CDC recommends that labs do them whenever the faster test suggests a bacterial infection.
Guidance involves steps to curb Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry and better trace ground beef.
E coli and some Salmonella infections dropped, but Campylobacter and Vibrio cases increased.
Colles FM, Cain RJ, Nickson T, et al. Monitoring chicken flock behaviour provides early warning of infection by human pathogen Campylobacter. Proc R Soc B 2016 (published online Jan 6)
Davis KR, Dunn AC, Burnett C, et al. Campylobacter jejuni infections associated with raw milk consumption — Utah, 2014. MMWR 2016 Apr 1;65(12):301-5
Harvala H, Rosendal T, Lahti E, et al. Epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni infections in Sweden, November 2011-October 2012: is the severity of infection associated with C. jejuni sequence type? Infect Ecol Epidemiol 2016 (published online Apr 7)
Pogreba-Brown K, Baker A, Ernst K, et al. Assessing risk factors of sporadic Campylobacter infection: a case-control study in Arizona. Epidemiol Infect March 2016;144(4):829-39
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