January 2006

A student at Greenway Park Elementary School in east Charlotte, North Carolina has been diagnosed with salmonella.

Health officials sent a letter home to parents Wednesday afternoon informing parents whose children have any of the symptoms to should keep them home and not send them to school.

The Mecklenburg County Health Department is also

Exchanging gerbils for reptiles as classroom pets only substitutes one problem for another, reports the Times Herald. Reptiles carry salmonella bacteria, which can spread to humans and cause serious illness.

Even indirect contact is dangerous because salmonella can live on countertops and other surfaces for days. Young children and people with weakened immune systems are

Following the recently published report from England and Wales, Eurosurveillance reported a 60% reduction of Salmonella Enteritidis infections in Luxembourg in 2005 compared with the average annual number of cases in the period 2000-2004.

This is the largest annual decrease ever recorded by the national Salmonella reference laboratory since data collection began in 1990. The

A new cross-border plan to control foodborne illness outbreaks North or South was launched today as part of a crackdown by health professionals seeking to curb the level of sickness caused by illnesses such as salmonella and E.coli.

The plan aims to ensure greater preparedness among health professionals in the event of having to

Snakes, lizards and tortoises have become popular pets, but owners of these and other reptiles must take precautions because they can harbor Salmonella – a potentially dangerous bacteria that can cause severe illness in humans.

"An estimated 70,000 people get Salmonella from contact with reptiles in the United States each year," said Richard J. Baltaro

Reactive arthritis is a form of arthritis, or joint inflammation, that occurs as a "reaction" to an infection elsewhere in the body. Inflammation is a characteristic reaction of tissues to injury or disease and is marked by swelling, redness, heat, and pain. Besides this joint inflammation, reactive arthritis is associated with two other symptoms: redness

Hamilton, Ontario, public health officials were cited as saying that eating sprouts is hazardous and are telling consumers to eat them at their own risk.

The warning includes all types such as mung bean sprouts, radish and alfalfa. The health department warning is in response to an on-going investigation which links mung bean sprouts produced

At Hua Long Supermarket, Shi has posted a handwritten sign above his two bins of mung sprouts, advising consumers the product does not comes from Toronto Sun Wah. He has been getting lots of inquiries from consumers informed by daily updates on the salmonella outbreak in the Chinese media.

He has been using another producer

Bassam Annous, a microbiologist at the Agriculture Department’s food safety technologies research unit in Wyndmoor, Pennyslvania, has been experimenting on how pasteurization may reduce levels of salmonella infections on fruits and vegetables.

He said the process wouldn’t work with leafy vegetables or apples because it causes lettuce to wilt and apples to turn brown, but