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Jul 01, 2008

Jul 01, 2008

Nebraska firm's beef linked to E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that a Nebraska company has recalled about 530,000 pounds of beef after the company's products were implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened 35 people in Michigan and Ohio.

Jul 01, 2008

FDA requests backup in hunt for Salmonella source

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that it was activating an emergency network of laboratories to help out in the quest to determine if other food items commonly served with fresh tomatoes could be the source of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now grown to 869 confirmed cases.

Jul 02, 2008

Jul 02, 2008

FDA claims progress on food protection plan

(CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released a 6-month status report on its progress in implementing a food safety plan launched in November in response to high-profile contamination incidents involving domestic and imported foods over the past few years.

Jul 03, 2008

Jul 03, 2008

US West Nile rate stable for past 4 years

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had 3,630 reported human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease in 2007, indicating that the incidence has stayed about the same for the past 4 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.

Jul 03, 2008

Leak from proposed ag lab could cost billions

(CIDRAP News) – A leak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus at any of six proposed sites for a large federal laboratory to study foreign animal diseases could cost billions of dollars, according to a recent report by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Jul 07, 2008

Jul 07, 2008

Jalapenos eyed in Salmonella outbreak probe

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators are eyeing jalapeno peppers as the possible culprit in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has now sickened 943 people in 40 states and involved at least one death.

Jul 08, 2008

Jul 08, 2008

Company expands beef recall, counters USDA criticism

(CIDRAP News) – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., recently expanded a recall of its beef amid reports that its production practices might have been inadequate for controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7, as the number of patients sickened in a two-state outbreak rose to 41.

Jul 09, 2008

Jul 09, 2008

Indiana study profiles local pandemic planning problems

(CIDRAP News) – A study from Indiana reveals a long list of problems hampering county-level planning for pandemic influenza, ranging from misunderstanding of the threat and lack of coordination and resources to rivalry between hospital systems.

Jul 09, 2008

Jalapenos become stronger suspect in hunt for Salmonella source

(CIDRAP News) – Federal official today advised people in high-risk categories to avoid eating raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers in light of new clues that suggest they might be associated with a nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes that has so far sickened 1,017 people.

Jul 10, 2008

Jul 10, 2008

Marburg fever case reported in Netherlands

(CIDRAP News) – European officials today reported a rare case of the often-deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever on European soil, in a Dutch woman who recently was exposed to bats while visiting caves in Uganda.

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