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Jan 18, 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Northern Hemisphere countries show steady rise in flu

(CIDRAP News) – Flu activity is increasing in many of the Northern Hemisphere's temperate-zone countries, with influenza B cocirculating with the 2009 pandemic H1N1 virus across Europe and teaming up with influenza A (H3N2) in the United States and Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update.

May 05, 2011

May 05, 2011

WHO decries global burden of healthcare-related infections

(CIDRAP News) – Calling for more effort to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that untold millions of people suffer from them every year, with the burden falling most heavily on developing countries.

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

Puzzles persist as European E coli outbreak grows

(CIDRAP News) – Reported severe illnesses caused by Escherichia coli in Germany and neighboring countries continued to pile up in recent days, while mysteries about the source of the infection, why it's so severe, and why it seems to strike mainly women remained unresolved.

Jun 02, 2011

Jun 02, 2011

E coli cases in Europe exceed 1,600

(CIDRAP News) – The official toll of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) cases in Europe climbed above 1,600 today, with at least 16 deaths, as the pathogen's source remained elusive and one team of scientists called the strain new and "super-toxic."

Jun 03, 2011

Jun 03, 2011

Four US cases may be tied to European E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in Europe's unprecedented Escherichia coli outbreak climbed steeply again today as the number of potentially related cases in the United States rose to four, while a scientific debate continued on whether the outbreak strain, E coli O104:H4, is new or unique.

Jun 05, 2011

Jun 05, 2011

Sprouts linked to European E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – German officials today announced that they have tentatively linked bean sprouts grown in the northern part of the country to a massive Escherichia coli outbreak, a development that US experts say could help explain some of the outbreak's puzzling elements.

Jun 06, 2011

Jun 06, 2011

Initial tests negative for outbreak E coli in German sprouts

(CIDRAP News) – German authorities investigating a possible sprout link to a large Escherichia coli outbreak said today that lab samples are negative so far, dashing hopes for a quick end to the investigation and adding more confusion to the search for the source.

Jun 09, 2011

Jun 09, 2011

Sprouts data complicate outbreak investigation

(CIDRAP News) – An epidemiologic report from German investigators yesterday said the initial case-control study found that just 28% of patients reported they had eaten sprouts, the lead suspect in Europe's Escherichia coli outbreak, pointing up a factor can be difficult to interpret in foodborne illness situations.

Jun 10, 2011

Jun 10, 2011

Germans target sprouts in E coli outbreak, clear other foods

(CIDRAP News) – German government officials today lifted their recommendation against eating cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce, and showcased evidence that puts sprouts front and center in their investigation of a massive Escherichia coli outbreak, though the outbreak strain has not yet been found in sprouts.

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