April 2006

Vets are warning southern farmers about a resurgence of the killer disease Salmonella Brandenburg in sheep flocks in Southland and Otago. The disease, which strikes in winter, can take a high toll of ewes and the lambs they may be carrying.

It can also spread to people who come into contact with infected stock.

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Edie Sutton, educator at Purdue University Cooperative Extension in St. Joseph County, says grade AA or A eggs should be fresh and properly refrigerated, have a sound shell and be clean to help prevent salmonella.

Some Tribune readers with recipes that include eggs say they use gelatin or whipping cream in place of egg

Fish tanks can harbour a gastric bug capable of causing illness serious enough for infected children to have to go to hospital, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Australian researchers proved the link between gastroenteritis and fish tanks by showing that the strains of salmonella in patients and in their home aquariums were genetically identical.

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Irish scientists have warned the public to be more careful about how they store food in household fridges to avoid the risk of a serious form of food poisoning. They also say that fridges should be cleaned and disinfected regularly and old food emptied out to help prevent the spread of bacteria that causes the

A new study has found that some aquariums contain bacteria that are capable of producing serious infections in humans.

The presence of Salmonella and other enteric pathogens such as Aeromonas in aquarium water has been known about for some time. According to the results of a study by a team of microbiologists from a number

Incidents of many foodborne illness have declined since statistical collection began in 1996, with rates for some of the most common pathogens falling by up to 32 per cent. However, Listeria infection rates have started to climb again, according to preliminary data published by the federally-funded Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network.

The declines could indicate

Scientists say Australia’s restricting of antibiotic use in food-producing animals may be linked with lower levels of drug-resistance among its citizens.

Government scientists say Campylobacter jejuni is a leading bacterial cause of foodborne illness in industrialized nations. Drug resistance can make Campylobacter infections difficult for physicians to treat, and can result in a higher risk

Half the ground turkey that federal inspectors tested last year at the largest Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Willmar contained salmonella bacteria, one of the highest rates in the nation and close to failing the federal standard, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Salmonella levels at two other Jennie-O ground turkey plants in Minnesota and Wisconsin

April 16, 2006
What are Salmonella and salmonellosis?
Salmonella bacteria are found naturally in the intestines of animals, especially poultry and swine. The bacteria can also be found in the environment. People who eat food contaminated by Salmonella can become ill with salmonellosis.
What are the symptoms of salmonellosis infection?
Like other foodborne illnesses, the symptoms of salmonellosis can feel like the flu. Symptoms usually appear 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and usually lasts up to seven days. Or, you may experience chronic symptoms, such as reactive arthritis three to four weeks later. Others infected with the bacteria may not get sick or show symptoms, but they can carry the bacteria, and spread the infection to others.


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