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Food and water microbiology | Legionella | Salmonella | Giardia | Cryptosporidium | E coli | Camphlobacter | Cholera | Shigella | Yersinia | plague | enteric pathogens | foodborne illnesses | food spoilage | source of food poisoning outbreaks | population health | communicable diseases | hospital infection | gastrointestinal disease outbreaks | epidemiology | child care centres | aged care homes.
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Bad times for good bacteria: how modern life has damaged our internal ecosystems

The Conversation Michael Gillings October 9, 2015

Human actions damage ecosystems on a global scale. Our influence is so great we’ve triggered a new geological epoch, called the Anthropocene, simply because of the changes we’ve brought about. But it’s not just the outside environment we’ve changed, we’ve also damaged the ecosystems inside us.

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Spike in VRE infections at Royal Hobart Hospital has AMA worried

ABC News 3 October 2015

There has been a spike in infections at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) saying it is worried about an increase in reported cases of vancomycin resistant enterococcus (VRE) at the facility.

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Government to begin calling parents in vaccination push

Brisbane Times 3 October 2015

Behind in your child’s vaccination schedule? Expect a phone call.

The Queensland government is kicking off its latest campaign to increase the state’s vaccination rates.

Queensland Health estimates that 35,000 children aged five and under are either not vaccinated, or behind in their schedule. The government hopes its “immunise to 95” campaign will reach the parents of at least 10,000 of those children, to raise the state’s herd immunity to 95 per cent.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said department staff from 13 HEALTH would begin contacting parents who were behind in their vaccination schedules “and provide information about how they can ensure their child is vaccinated appropriately”.

Footy fan Lachlan Wall killed by extremely rare blood infection

Gold Coast Bulletin Lucy Kinbacher October 01, 2015

MINI-Maroon Lachlan Wall was struck down by what doctors have called an extremely rare blood infection.
A pathologist’s report yesterday confirmed Lachlan died from a severe case of Group A streptococcus. The 12-year-old passionate rugby league fan died last Sunday, three days after hitting a tree on his pushbike and injuring his shoulder and knee.
When Lachlan was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday, doctors initially were worried he may have contracted meningococcal disease.
Gold Coast University Hospital Children’s Critical Care Unit director Dr Phil Sargent said Lachlan’s case was rare and there was nothing his parents or the hospital could have done to prevent the outcome.

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Early exposure to ‘good’ gut bacteria may reduce asthma risk in infants

ABC News Dani Cooper 1 October 2015

Babies who have acquired four key bacteria in their gut by the age of three months may be protected against asthma, a new study suggests.
The finding by Canadian researchers, published today in Science Translational Medicine, could lead to tests to identify babies most at-risk of developing asthma and even inoculations to prevent its onset.
The study also adds weight to the “hygiene hypothesis” that suggests an obsession with clean home environments has fuelled a dramatic rise in asthma rates across western societies since the 1950s.

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Bacteria in ancient flea may be ancestor of the Black Death

EurekAlert 28 September 2015

About 20 million years ago a single flea became entombed in amber with tiny bacteria attached to it, providing what researchers believe may be the oldest evidence on Earth of a dreaded and historic killer – an ancient strain of the bubonic plague.

If indeed the fossil bacteria are related to plague bacteria, Yersinia pestis, the discovery would show that this scourge, which killed more than half the population of Europe in the 14th century, actually had been around for millions of years before that, traveled around much of the world, and predates the human race.

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Dirty food mixer responsible for salmonella outbreak at Burnside Hospital, SA Health issues warning

ABC News 28 September 2015

A dirty kitchen appliance used to blend and puree food has been blamed as the source of a salmonella outbreak at the Burnside War Memorial Hospital in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.