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Aug 22, 2003

Aug 22, 2003

Irradiation proponents object to Consumer Reports article

(CIDRAP News) – Supporters of irradiation as a tool for preventing foodborne disease are dismayed by a generally negative evaluation of irradiated meat in the August issue of Consumer Reports.

Nov 14, 2003

Nov 14, 2003

Study confirms role of food handling in spread of noroviruses

(CIDRAP News) – A study from the Netherlands confirms that food-handling practices play an important role in the spread of noroviruses (Norwalk viruses), which have been blamed for many outbreaks of intestinal illness on cruise ships and in institutions in recent years.

Apr 07, 2004

Apr 07, 2004

Updated primer on foodborne illness released

(CIDRAP News) – An updated foodborne illness guide for physicans and nurses was written with an emphasis on "living in the post 9-11 environment," the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in announcing the book's release today.

May 11, 2004

May 11, 2004

Rule aimed at norovirus would send sick food workers home

(CIDRAP News) – Food workers with a potentially infectious intestinal illness would be sent home under a recommendation adopted recently by a group that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on safety guidelines for the retail food industry.

Oct 22, 2004

Oct 22, 2004

Illnesses tied to drinking water dropped in 2001-02

(CIDRAP News) – The United States had fewer reported disease outbreaks linked to drinking water in 2001 and 2002 than in the preceding 2 years, and they affected about half as many people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sep 07, 2005

Sep 07, 2005

Sewage levels high in floodwaters; evacuees to get flu shots

(CIDRAP News) – Tests have shown that floodwaters in hurricane-struck New Orleans are heavily contaminated with sewage and contain dangerous levels of lead as well, federal officials said today.

"The water is full of sewage," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at a Washington news teleconference.

Oct 03, 2006

Oct 03, 2006

CDC urges culturing suspected E coli samples

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging clinical laboratories to use bacterial culture of stool specimens in suspected cases of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection to facilitate diagnosis and proper control measures.

Nov 28, 2006

Nov 28, 2006

Certified managers may reduce restaurant food hazards

(CIDRAP News) – Restaurants that have a certified kitchen manager (CKM) seem to have a lower risk of serving food that triggers infectious illnesses, according to a study comparing restaurants that were involved in disease outbreaks with those that were not.

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.

Feb 13, 2007

Feb 13, 2007

Lab culture of human norovirus called an important first

(CIDRAP News) – A team of researchers has achieved what has been until now a frustratingly elusive goal: a tissue-culture model that allows natural growth in the lab of norovirus, one of the most common and least understood causes of gastrointestinal illness worldwide.

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