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Monday, August 25, 2014

8/25/14 Health News: KEEPING BACTERIA OUT OF YOUR CHILD’S LUNCHBOX ♦ CRONOBACTER INFECTIONS ♦ ALASKA HEALTH OFFICIALS SUSPECT BOTULISM

KEEPING BACTERIA OUT OF YOUR CHILD’S LUNCHBOX
With back-to-school season right around the corner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make sure that parents keep their kids’ lunches safe. Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. Children younger than five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection in the United...Continue Reading
CRONOBACTER INFECTIONS MAY BE MORE COMMON THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT
Infections from a lesser-known foodborne pathogen most commonly associated with infants may be more common in elderly populations — and even adults and adolescents — than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, set to be published in the September issue of... Continue Reading
ALASKA HEALTH OFFICIALS SUSPECT BOTULISM IN ONE DEATH, TWO ILLNESSES

Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health are reported to be looking into a potential botulism cluster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area west of Anchorage linked to the consumption of fermented fish heads. After four people shared a traditional Yupik meal of the fish heads, one later died and two others were sickened, said... Continue Reading

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