Tag Archives: Salmonella

Salmonella hits UQ college

Brisbane Times Pak Yiu 29 April 2014

A Salmonella outbreak at a university college ended in several students being hospitalised earlier this month.  Students at the University of Queensland’s Cromwell College began showing signs of sickness on the night of April 6 and four students were admitted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital later that week.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said the department was investigating the source of the outbreak

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Kitchens are a source of multi-drug resistant bacteria

EurekAlert Tamara Moore 8 April 2014

After handling raw poultry, hands of food preparers and cutting boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as E. coli that produce extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs). The study of household and hospital kitchens was published in the May issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. “The spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria has been associated with the hospital setting, but these findings suggest that transmission of drug-resistant E. coli occurs both in the hospital and households,” said Andreas Widmer, MD, lead author of the study. “Our findings emphasize the importance of hand hygiene, not only after handling raw poultry, but also after contact with cutting boards used in poultry preparation.

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New test targets salmonella

(Rice University 21 January 2014) An array of tiny diving boards can perform the Olympian feat of identifying many strains of salmonella at once.

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Food processors beware: Salmonella biofilms incredibly resistant to powerful disinfectants

(American Society for Microbiology 15 January 2014) Once Salmonella bacteria get into a food processing facility and have an opportunity to form a biofilm on surfaces, it is likely to be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to kill it, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Choreographed stages of Salmonella infection revealed by Liverpool scientists

(University of Liverpool 11 December 2013) Scientists have used a new method to map the response of every salmonella gene to conditions in the human body, providing new insight into how the bacteria triggers infection.

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Why are we more scared of raw egg than reheated rice?

BBC News Lucy Townsend 2 December 2013

Twenty-five years ago minister Edwina Currie sparked a scare over salmonella in eggs and had to resign amid outrage from farmers and plummeting sales. The panic has shaped the way we think about food safety.

There are foods that people instinctively associate with the risk of poisoning – raw chicken, raw egg, shellfish.

At the time of Edwina Currie’s remarks – which were perceived to have dramatically exaggerated the prevalence of the disease in eggs in the UK – there were 12,302 cases of the salmonella PT4 strand most commonly found in poultry.

It dropped by 54% in the three years following the introduction of the British Lion scheme in 1998, which saw hens vaccinated against salmonella, and last year there were just 229 reported cases.

But people are still mistrustful.

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Woman dies after Melbourne Cup salmonella outbreak

Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis November 14, 2013

A batch of bad eggs has been blamed for a salmonella outbreak linked to the death of one elderly woman and sickness in hundreds of others.
At least 220 people have reported being sick and a 77-year-old woman’s death has been linked to the food poisoning outbreak.
Included among those 220 people were 11 departmental staff members from the office of Premier and Cabinet.