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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.

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

Chicks and ducklings linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials and state public health partners are investigating a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 25 people and is linked to contact with live chicks and ducklings sold by a national farm store chain.

May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

Questions abound in European E coli outbreak

(CIDRAP News) – Questions abounded today concerning the large and growing outbreak of Escherichia coli infections concentrated in northern Germany, including where it came from, why it is striking mostly women, and why the number of reported hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases, at 276, is so unusually high.

May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

Petition asks USDA to classify drug-resistant Salmonella as meat adulterant

(CIDRAP News) – A food safety watchdog group yesterday filed a regulatory petition asking the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to declare four antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains as adulterants in ground meat and poultry.

May 26, 2011

Study boosts evidence that flu raises heart-attack risk

(CIDRAP News) – It has long been suspected that influenza increases the risk of heart attacks, but the connection has been nebulous because it's difficult to distinguish the effects of flu from the effects of cold weather, which prevails in flu season in temperate regions.

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