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Apr 01, 2011

Apr 01, 2011

CDC: Flu season's grip growing weaker

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States continues to tail off, though newly reported pediatric deaths were twice as high as the week before, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

The percentage of deaths from pneumonia and flu, however, remained above the epidemic level, the agency said.

Apr 01, 2011

CDC issues new guidance on catheter-linked blood infections

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy set of new guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, a problem that's estimated to cost the nation billions of dollars a year.

Apr 04, 2011

Apr 04, 2011

Turkey burgers linked to Salmonella cases in 10 states

(CIDRAP News) – Jennie-O Turkey Store has recalled certain shipments of its ground turkey burgers after Salmonella illness investigations in three states found links to the product, which is now thought to have sickened 12 people in 10 states, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in an Apr 1 notice.

Apr 04, 2011

NEWS SCAN: E coli from walnuts, food recall search tool, rising antibiotic use

Canadian E coli illnesses spark walnut recallCanada's food safety agency yesterday announced that a Quebec company has recalled its packaged and bulk walnuts, imported from the United States, because they are suspected in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in the country's eastern provinces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said recalled walnuts, distributed by Amira Enterprises, Inc., carry the Amira, Tia, and Merit Selection brand names.

Apr 05, 2011

Apr 05, 2011

Outbreak probe finds drug resistance, Salmonella in turkey samples

(CIDRAP News) – Laboratory investigation of the Salmonella Hadar strain linked to a ground turkey burger recall and 12 illnesses reveals that it is resistant to several antibiotics, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.

In addition, two samples of Jennie-O ground turkey burgers collected from the homes of sick patients in Colorado and Wisconsin tested positive for the outbreak strain, the CDC said.

Apr 05, 2011

Apr 05, 2011

USDA proposes 'test and hold' rule for meat

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a proposal to require meat processors to hold onto product lots undergoing routine pathogen testing until the test results come in, a rule that the agency says could have prevented dozens of meat recalls in a recent 3-year period.

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