Category Archives: Microbiology

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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Molecular biology typing | molecular biology sequencing

Legionnaire’s disease death: Family wants new laws to make sure Queensland hospitals are safe

ABC News Stephanie Smail 27 May 2015

The family of a man killed by legionnaire’s disease in a Queensland hospital has demanded improvements in the way the deadly bacteria is managed.
John Pearson, 60, died after contracting the disease from a shower at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital in 2013.
Queensland Health said hospitals had ramped up water checks since his death.
But his daughter, Rachel Pearson, has argued a recent scare at the Hervey Bay Hospital in the Wide Bay region was a warning sign more should be done.

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UGA study pinpoints the likeliest rodent sources of future human infectious diseases

(University of Georgia 20 May 2015) Researchers have developed a way to predict which species of rodents are likeliest to be sources of new disease outbreaks in humans. The findings could help public health officials take a more preemptive approach to disease surveillance, prevention and control.

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Clinics in Laboratory Medicine – Volume 35, Issue 2, June 2015

Diagnostic Testing for Enteric Pathogens

Table of Contents  |   Volume 35, Issue 2, Pages 225-486 (June 2015)

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Selected review articles

Salmonella, Shigella, and Yersinia
Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli
Optimizing the Laboratory Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile Infection
Laboratory Diagnosis of Noroviruses: Present and Future

GPs on alert for pneumonia-like symptoms after Legionella found at Hervey Bay Hospital Peter Hall May 22, 2015

HERVEY Bay Hospital has put GPs on alert for any recently discharged patients showing pneumonia-like symptoms as precautions are stepped up in the wake of a legionella scare.
This follows confirmation from Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington that the bacteria had been found in the hospital and in a man who died at the facility last month.
The case has prompted a review of random testing procedures which are currently carried out monthly at health facilities in the region.

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Government commits to reinstating Townsville biosecurity lab

Townsville Bulletin ANTHONY GALLOWAY  May 21, 2015

TOWNSVILLE’S biosecurity laboratory looks set to be reinstated after being shut down by the previous LNP Government.
Queensland’s Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne told the Queensland Parliament this morning there was a need to invest in new biosecurity laboratory facilities in North Queensland and he has raised the matter with his Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Byrne confirmed he had written to Mr Joyce and intended to ask for Federal Government support when they meet at the Agriculture Minister’s meeting in Sydney on Friday.

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Legionella confirmed at Hervey Bay Hospital

Brisbane Times May 20, 2015

Patients have been told to only drink bottled water and avoid the showers at Hervey Bay Hospital after tests confirmed legionella in its water supply.
A patient who died at the facility was found to have legionella on April 20, prompting further checks in addition to the hospital’s routine water testing.
On Wednesday, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington confirmed the bacteria had been found in the hospital and said the man’s cause of death was still being investigated, as well as the source of his legionella.

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Gold Coast restaurant fined $10k for appalling food safety breaches

Gold Coast Bulletin | May 19, 2015 | Meagan Weymes

A BRAZILIAN restaurant found to be in an “appalling” condition has been fined $10,000 for failing to comply with food safety standards.

Cockroach faeces were found on the ceiling and wall in addition to a rodent trap with a build up of food when council officers inspected the Surfers Paradise restaurant, A Carne Churrascaria, in August last year.  Continue reading…