E. Coli

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New case in botulism outbreak linked to fish

By Joseph James Whitworth

A new case of Clostridium botulism from fish, a jump in hepatitis A illnesses and investigations ending in US and Canada are outbreaks reported recently.

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Six more ill in Swedish E. coli outbreak

By Joseph James Whitworth

Six people have been sickened with E. coli in Sweden in an outbreak that is ‘most probably’ connected to one that started last year but was declared over.

Ukuku (left) and chemical engineer David Geveke steam-clean a cantaloupe. Picture: Lee Chau

Steamy solution to ensure melon safety

By staff reporter

Steam can kill E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria on cantaloupes, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist.

FSA’s investigations are focusing on distribution of mixed salad leaves to wholesale and not supermarkets

PHE: E. coli O157 outbreak ‘subsiding’; source still unconfirmed

By Joseph James Whitworth

Public Health England (PHE), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Commission are involved in attempting to identify the source of an E. coli O157 outbreak in the UK.

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The latest update reported more than 100 people ill

PHE: E. coli O157 not yet detected in food samples

By Joseph James Whitworth

E. coli O157 has not yet been detected in any food samples, according to Public Health England (PHE) as it continues to investigate an outbreak linked to leafy salads.

PHE reminded people to maintain good hygiene and preparation practices with salad items

Salad link in UK E. coli illnesses

By Joseph James Whitworth

Salad has been linked to 32 cases of E. coli O157 infection in the UK, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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Issues to overcome before widespread use of WGS

By Joseph James Whitworth

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) has been found to hold ‘significant potential’ to replace gold-standard typing methods such as PFGE for routine surveillance and detection of outbreaks.

14 of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco

E. coli O157 sickens 19 with link to Costco

By Joseph James Whitworth

US agencies are investigating 19 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections linked to rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores.

Picture: Edward Dudley. E.coli sticking to human cell lines seen by an electron microscope

E.coli interaction changes toxin production

By Joseph James Whitworth

Strains of harmless E. coli in the intestine can interact with pathogenic varieties to increase or decrease how much toxin the pathogen produces, according to research.

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