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Dec 23, 2004

Dec 23, 2004

North Carolina E coli outbreak traced to petting zoo

(CIDRAP News) – A recent outbreak of E coli O157:H7 infections was traced mostly to a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair, even though the zoo had posted signs and provided facilities to promote hand hygiene.

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

Illnesses tied to drinking water dropped in 2001-02

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had fewer reported disease outbreaks linked to drinking water in 2001 and 2002 than in the preceding 2 years, and they affected about half as many people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 24, 2004

Sep 24, 2004

Snow peas implicated in cyclosporiasis outbreak for first time

(CIDRAP News)—Raw snow peas have been linked to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Pennsylvania that may have sickened almost 100 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.

Sep 17, 2004

Sep 17, 2004

Schwarzenegger vetoes notice requirements for irradiated food in schools

(CIDRAP News) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have required school boards to take formal action and provide detailed information to students and parents before serving any irradiated food in schools.

In a brief veto message published on the governor's office Web site, Schwarzenegger said the bill would impose needless costs on school districts.

Sep 16, 2004

Sep 16, 2004

Disease hazards common in food operations, FDA says

(CIDRAP News) – A nationwide survey by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests that risk factors for foodborne disease, such as inadequate handwashing by workers and keeping food at unsafe temperatures, are very common in the nation's restaurants, retail stores, and institutional food services.

Aug 20, 2004

Aug 20, 2004

Certain symptoms may predict fatal foodborne botulism

(CIDRAP News) – A distinctive group of symptoms—shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea—may be predictive of severe outcomes, including death, from foodborne botulism, a group of researchers reported recently.

Aug 10, 2004

Aug 10, 2004

USDA finding Salmonella less often in meat

(CIDRAP News) – The general trend for Salmonella in meat and poultry samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to head downward, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Aug 5.

Jul 22, 2004

Jul 22, 2004

Salmonella outbreak in East reaches 180 cases

(CIDRAP News) – The investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella infections apparently linked with the Sheetz Gas Station chain in Pennsylvania and neighboring states has grown to include at least 180 cases, but the food source of contamination remained a mystery today.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Scientists worry that Rift Valley fever could reach US

(CIDRAP News) – Rift Valley fever (RVF), a mosquito-borne disease that can kill humans and animals, is starting to grab the attention of American scientists because it could cause devastating outbreaks in the United States.

Jun 04, 2004

Jun 04, 2004

CDC links 29 Salmonella cases with almonds

(CIDRAP) – An investigation of Salmonella illness cases associated with raw almonds has identified 29 cases in 12 states and one Canadian province, dating back as far as September 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.

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