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Thursday, August 14, 2014

8/14/14 Health News: 160 CYCLOSPORA-CAUSED ILLNESSES IN TEXAS ♦ Hand sanitizer does not help in schools ♦ CALIFORNIA ANTIBIOTICS BILL CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW

AT LEAST 160 CYCLOSPORA-CAUSED ILLNESSES REPORTED IN TEXAS
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating an outbreak of at least 160 cases of Cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora that can cause prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The department has identified at least 160 cases this year, including a surge of reported cases beginning in mid-June....Continue Reading
Hand sanitizer doesn't help in schools
School children get low marks when it comes to spreading germs, often sharing bugs with their classmates. So scientists wondered if putting hand sanitizers into elementary school classrooms would lead to fewer absences.continue reading
CALIFORNIA ANTIBIOTICS BILL CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW
On Monday, the California Assembly passed Senate Bill 835 to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and require a veterinarian prescription for a livestock antibiotic. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other public interest groups such as the Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group and Sierra Club California opposed the measure because they say it...Continue Reading

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