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Produce Strikes Back: Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak

Categories: Foodborne, Response

A laboratorian places a PFE gel under UV light.

McDonald’s stopped serving sliced tomatoes on their burgers. Other businesses in the food industry have also recently joined this precautionary movement — actions that follow a trail of health reports all over the United States in what has become one of the largest multistate outbreaks in history.

Mosquitoes: The World’s Deadliest Animals

Categories: Vectorborne

Local boy herds cattle near Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The area surrounding Antananarivo, Madagascar, was not predicted to be a high risk area for Rift Valley Fever this year. Yet as I stepped off the plane from Italy last week, I reviewed a request from the MoH (Madagascar Ministry of Health) through their embassy for U.S. assistance as the epidemic that began in February continues to silently rage in the region.

New Brain Disease is Blowing Minds

Categories: Zoonotic Disease

Two pigs in a pig pen.

Just saw an email from Alex Thiermann. Of the twelve countries OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) has corresponded with (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom), none have observed anything similar to the newly identified brain illness that is linked, curiously, to the practice of blowing pig brains.

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