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Friday, June 13, 2014

6/13/14 Health News: TIME FOR SPROUT WARNING LABEL? ♦ Superbug Research ♦ Food Service Workers Can Prevent Norovirus ♦ Drug Diversion in Hospitals Exposes Patients to Infection

Another sprout-related outbreak linked to Evergreen Fresh Sprouts – this time according to the CDC a total of 17 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) have been reported from five states.  The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows:  Idaho (3), Michigan (1),... Continue Reading
Funding Superbug Research is Critical
Though largely preventable, C. diff. claims at least one American every 19 minutes. And someone in the U.S. contracts a C. diff. infection (CDI) every minute. In late 2013, the CDC classified CDIs as one of three most "urgent" health threats facing the nation and requiring aggressive action. Continue Reading
Restaurants, Food Service Workers Can Prevent Norovirus
Norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships may grab headlines, but contaminated food served by restaurants sickens many more people, federal officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that nearly one-third of the 20 million people sickened every year are poisoned by contaminated food. Waiters, cooks and other handling meals cause two-thirds of food-related outbreaks. "Norovirus outbreaks from contaminated food in restaurants are far too common." said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.Continue Reading
Drug Diversion in Hospitals Exposes Patients to Infection

Health care workers diverting patients' pain medications for their own use have been linked to six infectious disease outbreaks over the last decade, putting thousands of patients at risk, according to a new report. The report published June 2 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings outlines infection outbreaks that have occurred in the past 10 years as a result of drug diversion -- the use of prescription drugs for unintended, illegal purposes -- committed by health care providers who stole or tampered with their patients' injectable medications.Continue Reading

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