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Dec 13, 2006

Dec 13, 2006

Lettuce suspected in Taco Bell E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – A case-control investigation points to lettuce as the likeliest source of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants, federal officials said today.

Dec 12, 2006

Dec 12, 2006

Cause of E coli outbreak still elusive as cases mount

(CIDRAP News) – The cause of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants remained elusive today as the number of cases increased to 67 in 5 states, according to federal officials.

Nov 01, 2006

Nov 01, 2006

Tomatoes suspected in Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal investigators have turned up few solid leads in a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 171 people in 19 states, but some food safety experts are suggesting that contaminated tomatoes and infected food service workers might have played a role.

Jul 21, 2006

Jul 21, 2006

More Salmonella cases tied to frozen chicken entrees

(CIDRAP News) – In the wake of two outbreaks of Salmonella infection involving 29 cases, Minnesota health officials are warning the public to be careful when cooking frozen, pre-browned chicken entrees.

The outbreaks prompted state health and agriculture officials yesterday to "strongly advise" people not to cook stuffed chicken entrees in microwave ovens because of the risk of uneven and incomplete cooking.

Jul 18, 2006

Jul 18, 2006

States slow to sign up for Tamiflu subsidy

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government on Jun 30 announced a subsidy to help states buy the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to build stockpiles in preparation for a potential influenza pandemic, but so far, few states have said they intend to use the program.

May 25, 2006

May 25, 2006

Pandemic planning puts ethics in spotlight

(CIDRAP News) – When vaccine supplies are limited, should children, young adults, or seniors move to the front of the line for shots? Is it appropriate to remove one person from a ventilator to put somebody else on the machine?

May 16, 2006

May 16, 2006

Finding of H5N1 in blood raises safety concerns

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers in Thailand recently reported that they isolated live H5N1 avian influenza virus from the blood of a 5-year-old boy, an unusual finding that raises concern about possible transmission of the virus via blood.

Feb 13, 2006

Feb 13, 2006

CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.

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