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Friday, November 15, 2013

11/15/13 Health News: E Coli Vaccine, Raw Milk Warning Labels, Dolphin Virus Outbreak, MRSA Declines

E. COLI VACCINE PILOT PROGRAM PROPOSED BY FOOD SAFETY COOPERATIVE
Food safety cooperative VeriPrime has proposed a pilot program that would test the preventive effectiveness of E. coli vaccines in cattle and expand their use. “We’re looking to reduce E. coli in beef and E. coli in the environment as well,” said veterinarian Scott Crain, VeriPrime founder and CEO. The five-year on-farm intervention would begin by... Continue Reading

SD RAW MILK MAY SOON GET NEW TESTING AND WARNING LABELS
The direct farm-to-consumer sale of raw milk in South Dakota is about to come with a short, blunt warning. Containers will soon carry labels stating: “Warning: Raw milk. This product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria.” At the same time, South Dakota will increase the maximum allowed bacteria count per milliliter to... Continue Reading

Dolphin virus outbreak in Atlantic is deadliest ever
The deadliest known outbreak of a measles-like virus in bottlenose dolphins has killed a record number of the animals along the US Atlantic coast since July, officials said Friday.
A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have washed up from New York to Florida from July 1 until November 3, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. continue reading

MRSA Declines in Veteran's Hospitals Nationwide
Five years after implementing a national initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, MRSA cases have continued to decline, according to a study in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
In the two-year period following the first wave of the initiative both MRSA transmissions and HAIs continued to decrease in non-ICU settings (declining an additional 13.7 percent and 44.8 percent, respectively), while holding steady in ICUs. The MRSA Prevention Initiative utilizes a bundled approach that includes screening every patient for MRSA, use of gowns and gloves when caring for patients colonized or infected with MRSA, hand hygiene, .Continue Reading

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