August 18, 2012

Sickens 150 Others

1 Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Claims Two

Two people are dead and about 150 are sickened from a salmonella outbreak blamed on cantaloupe grown in Indiana, say health officials. The outbreak began in early July and has affected people in IN, KY and MN. Salmonella causes diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever and the elderly, young children and those with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to its effects, which can be fatal. Because health officials have not pinpointed the exact source of the infected melons, they are urging consumers to throw out any melons bought recently in the region. Investigators are also looking into the possibility that tainted watermelons may be the cause for a smaller outbreak in the region.

More at Www.reuters.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: High Foodborne Illness Rates Persist

Tags: Salmonella Outbreak, 2012 Grammy Awards, 2012, Tainted Cantaloupes

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But Is It Safe?

2 West Nile Spraying Begins in Texas

Aerial spraying to stop the West Nile virus outbreak in Texas, the worst in the US since 1999, began this week. But are the insecticides safe, residents want to know. Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the Environmental Protection Agency affirm that they are as safe as insecticides can be, but not everyone is convinced. The poison in question, named Duet, is composed of two synthetic versions of a chemical made by flowers that, in low doses, kills mosquitoes but doesn’t harm mammals or birds, says the National Pesticide Info. Ctr. They do, however, kill honeybees and can poison fish and other aquatic life. The state health department continues to try to allay people’s fears and warns for the need to cover up and remove standing water where mosquitoes breed.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 2012 Worst Since 2004 for West Nile Virus

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency, Insecticides, West Nile Virus, Spraying for West Nile Virus, National Pesticide Information Agency, Duet

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