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Aug 23, 2002

Aug 23, 2002

E coli outbreak linked with visits to dairy farm

Aug 23 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection has been linked with visits to a Pennsylvania dairy and petting farm that allowed public access to animals. Findings of the extensive scientific investigation of the outbreak are reported in the Aug 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article highlights the need to consider zoonotic transmission during searches for the source of such outbreaks.

Aug 16, 2002

Aug 16, 2002

Consumers often underestimate the importance of safe produce handling

(CIDRAP News) - Fresh produce is not generally considered a common source of foodborne illness but, in fact, the incidence of this problem is on the upswing, according to results of a survey published in the August issue of the Journal of Food Protection. In recent years, the number of cases of illness linked with eating fruits and vegetables has risen from 2% to about 8% of reported cases.

Aug 13, 2002

Aug 13, 2002

Typhoid fever outbreak in Florida linked with frozen fruit drink

(CIDRAP News) – When epidemiologists at Miami–Dade County Health Department noted an unusual rise in the incidence of typhoid fever during the winter of 1998-99, they faced a mystery. According to a report by Dolores J. Katz and associates in the Jul 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the clues to the source of the outbreak represented a new arena for public health surveillance.

Aug 09, 2002

Aug 09, 2002

Salmonellosis outbreak reported in Transplant Games attendees

(CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tomatoes affected at least 141 people, including 48 organ transplant recipients, who attended the US Transplant Games in Florida in late June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday.

Aug 07, 2002

Aug 07, 2002

Pesticide-laced salt at restaurant sickened 107, stumped investigators

(CIDRAP News) – Restaurant food that was contaminated, probably deliberately, with a pesticide made 107 people sick and puzzled epidemiologic investigators for 4 months in 1998 and 1999, according to a report in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assocation.

Aug 05, 2002

Aug 05, 2002

E coli outbreak tied to ConAgra beef recall reaches 34 cases, with 1 death

(CIDRAP News) – The Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked with ground beef from ConAgra Beef in Greeley, Colo., has grown to 34 cases and claimed the life of an elderly woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Aug 02, 2002

Aug 02, 2002

Lettuce blamed in E coli O157:H7 outbreak affecting dozens in Washington state

(CIDRAP News) – At least 32 people suffered Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in a July outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce distributed in the Spokane, Wash., area, according to local and federal health officials.

Jul 31, 2002

Jul 31, 2002

Foodborne disease outbreaks in schools caused 50,000 illnesses in 25 years

(CIDRAP News) – Foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred in schools between 1973 and 1997 made nearly 50,000 students sick and sent 1,514 to hospitals, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jul 25, 2002

Jul 25, 2002

28 E coli cases now linked to beef recall, CDC says in describing probe

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked with ground beef from a ConAgra packing plant in Greeley, Colo., has reached 28 cases in seven states, federal health officials said today in discussing their investigation of the outbreak.

Jul 25, 2002

Wyoming health official named head of USDA food safety agency

(CIDRAP News) – Garry L. McKee, PhD, MPH, director of the Wyoming Department of Health, has been named administrator of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

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