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first_imgMay 16, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Contaminated dry dog food contributed to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 70 people in 19 states in 2006 and 2007, many of them babies, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.An investigation of the outbreak—believed to be the first human Salmonella infections linked to dry pet food—was conducted by public health officials from Pennsylvania and other states, along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Findings appear in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).News of the outbreak came to light in June 2007 when PulseNet, an electronic network for sharing molecular data, identified Salmonella enterica serotype Schwarzengrund infections from a handful of states that had indistinguishable pulse-field gel electrophoresis patterns, according to MMWR.Initial interviews of patients from Pennsylvania who were sickened by the outbreak strain suggested exposure to dogs or dry dog food; 8 (62%) owned one or more dogs, and the other 5 had regular contact with a dog.Dog stool samples and dry dog food collected from some of the homes also tested positive for the same S Schwarzengrund strain. The two dog food samples that tested positive for the outbreak strain were both produced at the same plant in Pennsylvania, though there were two different brands.The last reported illness onset date was October 2007. Most of the 70 confirmed cases were patients from Pennsylvania (29), New York (9), and Ohio (7). Of 61 patients for whom the age was known, 24 (39%) were age 1 or younger. Among 45 patients for whom hospitalization status was known, 11 (24%) were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.A case-control study suggested that four dry pet food brands were associated with Salmonella illnesses, and all were produced at the same plant. A Sep 4, 2007, CDC update on the outbreak said the contaminated dry dog food brands were produced by Mars Petcare, headquartered in Nashville.On Aug 21, the company voluntarily recalled two of its products that in an environmental investigation yielded the outbreak strain. One was 5-lb bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food; the other was 50-lb bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry dog food. However, MMWR reported that some of the brands that were linked to illnesses were not included in the recall.”Because dry pet food has a 1-year shelf life and all contaminated products were not recalled, contaminated dry pet food might still be found in homes and could provide the potential for causing illness,” the CDC reported.The CDC said that, although an S Schwarzengrund source was never identified at the pet food plant, equipment may have been contaminated, or tainted ingredients may have entered the plant. Though the production of dry pet food usually involves heat treatment as the product is made, it is usually sprayed with a flavor enhancer such as an animal fat.A spate of Salmonella outbreaks in humans has been connected to handling pet treats such as pig ears or food snacks, pet vitamins, and raw-food diets. However, the CDC said the S Schwarzengrund outbreak is the first to be associated with dry pet food.The CDC advises people to wash their hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds after handling dry pet food, treats, or supplements to avoid getting sick from contaminated pet food. It also advises keeping infants away from pet feeding areas and making sure young children don’t touch or eat the items.CDC. Multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections caused by contaminated dry dog food—United States, 2006-2007. MMWR 2008;57(19):521-4 [Full text]See also:Sep 4, 2007, CDC update on Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreakAug 28, 2007, CIDRAP news story “Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food”last_img read more

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Coach Mark always tells me to not be disappointed, but instead be more motivated to become better,” said Iniong (7-4). “Losing is part of the game, which gives me the urgency to improve.”Iniong was on a three-fight winning streak before she lost to Mei Yamaguchi in November of 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissShe got back to the winners’ circle in her next fight after scoring a unanimous decision win over Jenny Huang but Iniong immediately suffered another defeat when she lost to Istela Nunes via unanimous decision.Iniong said she still wants to get to the title conversation but her loses made her realize that there’s still more work to be done. “There is a lot of work to do, yes it’s my dream to have a world title strapped around my waist,” said Iniong. “It takes time and patience to get to that moment. I am willing to work for it.”Fueling Iniong’s drive to get a crack at the title are the title conquests of teammates Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio, and Kevin Belingon.Eustaquio and Pacio are the undisputed flyweight and strawweight ONE World champions respectively while Belingon is the interim bantamweight champion.Iniong said she wants to be part of the ONE: Conquest of Champions card in Manila that teammate Eduard Folayang, once the ONE World lightweight champion, will headline against Singaporean Amir Khan.“This is the perfect event for me to show how hungry I am to get back to the winning track, to showcase the improvements in my game, and to let the rest of the division know that they can’t count me out yet,” said Iniong.ADVERTISEMENT “Witnessing my teammates succeed motivates me to come back even better and prove everyone that I deserve my spot here at ONE Championship. They will be seeing a different Gina Iniong in my next fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Filpina dynamo Gina Iniong from Team Lakay. ONE CHAMPIONSHP PHOTOTeam Lakay’s Gina Iniong has been in a bit of a slump, losing two of her past three matches in ONE Championship, but but she is eager to get back to the reputation of being a title challenger.Iniong said she’s not giving up hope of returning to the upper echelon of female atomweights, especially with famed coach Mark Sangiao cheering her on.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Youth Olympic Games: PH’s Yuka Saso misses out on women’s golf medal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Lutof Zreik can recall just one time when he felt judged because of his ethnic and religious background. The 16-year-old Arab Christian, who lives in Israel, remembers playing a soccer game years ago. The teams unintentionally divided into two teams – one side Arabs, the other side Jews. “So one of the Jews said, `It’s a game between terrorists and Jews,”‘ Zreik explained in an e-mail message. “I was very amazed at that time & I didn’t want to argue with him about this, because he didn’t seem like a person who you can argue with.” But overshadowing that painful memory are the many friendships he holds with both Muslim and Jewish students in his school and neighborhood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Zreik – along with 15 other Israeli students of Jewish, Muslim and Arab Christian backgrounds – will arrive in Simi Valley today for a two-week program meant to promote peace and cultural understanding among each other. The students were chosen not for their academics, but for their leadership strengths and potential as future leaders of their communities. “We wanted for them to take what they learn here and implement it in Israel,” said Ilan Migdali, a Newbury Park Rotary Club member who has spent the past several years getting the program established. The students have been brought to the United States by the Newbury Park Rotary Club, which committed with members of the Haifa Rotary Club to get Project TRIUMPH – Today’s Revolution is Understanding – Making Peace Happen – off the ground. Organizers hope that by the end of the program, the students will be able to engage in peaceful and respectful dialogue between the represented faiths. The hope is that the students, once they become adults, will be able to distill what they have learned and help cement tolerance and communication in their communities. Each student already has the advantage of living in Haifa, Israel, where religious tensions are relatively low and various ethnic groups live together peacefully. “I want to convey to the American people in L.A. that we live in Haifa in peace and in a good co-existence atmosphere, in spite of the tensions in our region,” Zreik wrote in his e-mail. Through June 18, the teens will participate in educational workshops, team-building projects and leadership activities at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. They will also visit schools and community groups throughout Ventura County during their stay. Although the program is dear to Migdali, who left Israel in 1982, he said the concept of promoting peace and understanding through youth is not just his. “All parents want to teach their children to do different and better than what we are doing,” he said. The Rotary Club had some problems finding a host city in Israel willing to partner in selecting the right students and helping to send them abroad. Haifa became an ideal choice. The port city is Israel’s third-largest and is a model of tolerance. “It’s an area where Jews and Arabs have lived together for years,” Migdali said. But the relative calm the students live in doesn’t mean prejudices and stereotypes are completely absent. Ifat Gordon, a secular Jew from Haifa who is also participating in TRIUMPH, said most ethnic groups keep to themselves. “In our city, Haifa, we don’t see a lot of hate because the Jewish live in their neighborhood and Arabs in the other side of the city,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We live together and see each other sometimes, but I know there is hate between cultures in our state and it’s obvious.” Gordon said she believes change is already taking place in Haifa and will continue when the teens return to Israel. “It does not matter if you are Arab or Jewish, Muslim or Christian,” she wrote, “& and if we make this change happen in our generation, we can influence the future without war and hate.” Thousand Oaks residents Frances Fujii and her husband Tom Voccola are facilitating the workshops, presentations and activities at Brandeis-Bardin during the two weeks. “This is our first experience with teens and we’re really excited about that,” said Fujii, who with Voccola runs CEO2, a corporate-coaching program. Among the issues Voccola will cover in his workshops will be getting the teens to understand and define their own identities, and getting them to question all beliefs – including their own – in a respectful way. Earlier this year, Voccola surveyed the teens by asking them to identify something positive and something negative about the words Jew, Muslim, Christian, Israeli and Druid. Some of the answers – which he shared with a rabbi, a priest and an imam who have been invited to participate in the program – made their faces turn red. “That’s really where a lot of the conflict comes from, where beliefs of religion get skewed,” he said. But the teens won’t just be sitting in classrooms. Among the volunteers helping out will be a yoga instructor, a creative writing coach, a professional mediator and a documentary film producer. When the two weeks end and the students return to Israel, they will commit to a community service project for one year. The Newbury Park Rotary has also committed to continuing the TRIUMPH program for 10 years. This will guarantee what Midgali said would be “a few hundred leaders that by then will be in their early 20s that can enter politics, can enter the social way of life in Israel and make a difference.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img