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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

4/8/14 Health News: Food Poisoning More Likely Eating in Restaurants ♦ Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning ♦ Catch Tuberculosis From Pet Cat ♦ One in 25 Patients Infected in Hospital

CSPI: EATING OUT LINKED TO NEARLY TWICE AS MANY OUTBREAKS AS EATING IN
A report released Monday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) revealed that, over a 10-year period, there were about twice as many foodborne illness outbreaks linked to restaurants than to private homes. The 17-page report, entitled, “Outbreak Alert! 2014, A Review of Foodborne Illness in America From 2002-2011,” looked at “solved... Continue Reading
Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning
Chances are you've heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning and bacteria that are especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the government credits the technology with helping to solve a listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland.Continue Reading
Two British Citizens Catch Tuberculosis From Pet Cat
England's public health agency says two people have caught tuberculosis from a pet cat, the first time the bacterial disease has been documented to spread from cat to human. In a report, Public Health England said it concluded TB samples taken from the cat and from two people in contact with the animal were "indistinguishable" and that the cat was considered to be "the likely source of infection." Continue Reading
One in 25 Patients Has an Infection Acquired During Hospital Stay, CDC Says

One in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals has an infection acquired as part of his or her care despite modest progress in controlling those pathogens inside medical facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in its most comprehensive look at a stubborn and lethal health-care problem. The CDC’s 2011 survey of 183 hospitals showed that an estimated 648,000 patients nationwide suffered 721,000 infections, and 75,000 of them died: Continue Reading

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