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2009-12-17 14:41:02

HZI researchers redefine the invasion mechanism of Salmonella "Based on our data, the molecular mechanism of infection employed by Salmonella has to be revised," says Klemens Rottner, head of the HZI research group "Cytoskeleton Dynamics". The group's results have now been published in the current issue of the scientific journal "Cellular Microbiology". Salmonella are highly adaptive bacteria. They can live in the presence and absence of oxygen and thus propagate in the gut. The ingestion by...

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2009-10-19 11:35:00

Experts say two girls who swam with pet turtles in a backyard pool were among 107 people sickened in the largest salmonella outbreak blamed on turtles nationwide, The Associated Press reported. Mostly children were victims of the 2007-08 outbreak in 34 states, where officials said at least one-third of all patients had to be hospitalized. Many of the parents involved didn't know that turtles could carry salmonella and despite a 1975 ban on selling small turtles as pets, they continue to be...

2009-08-03 19:17:57

Infectious-disease specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have demonstrated that a cannibalistic process in cells plays a key role in limiting Salmonella infection.Salmonella, the causative agent of salmonellosis, causes many of the intestinal infections and food-related illnesses reported in the U.S. About 600 people die each year as a result of these infections, accounting for roughly 30 percent of all reported food-related deaths. It is particularly dangerous among the elderly.The...

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2009-07-08 06:40:42

To aid in prevention of the spread of a fatal strain of Salmonella bacterium in eggs, the U.S. government is cracking down on egg producers to approve tighter food safety measures during production, storage and transportation, Reuters reported on Tuesday. By implementing the new rule, the Food and Drug Administration expects the safety of 99 percent of all eggs sold in the United States will improve, reducing cases of Salmonella enteritidis infections obtained from eggs by 60 percent and...

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2009-07-07 11:15:00

In the wake of this year's salmonella outbreak, the Obama administration on Tuesday ordered stricter rules to stop salmonella and E.coli contamination in U.S. food processing plants and created a new deputy food commissioner post to coordinate safety, Reuters reported. The administration is also planning to create a better tracing system for identifying the origin of foodborne illnesses after delays in identifying the source of the salmonella contamination that sickened more than 700 people...

2009-06-29 07:35:41

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative is recalling two years of food products due to possible contamination. The FDA said the Plainview, Minn., company is voluntarily recalling the instant non-fat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and gums (thickening agents) that it has manufactured during the past two years, because they might be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The federal agency said the company sells its products to industry...

2009-06-12 12:36:31

Poultry was the most common source of food poisoning among 17 foods tracked in 2006 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, federal officials said. Poultry was followed by leafy vegetables and fruits and nuts, the CDC said in a report released Thursday, the first by the federal government to identify how most people in the United States fall ill from tainted foods. The study found two-thirds of all food-related illnesses linked to a lone ingredient were caused by viruses, likely transmitted...

2009-06-11 13:17:05

There were 1,270 reported U.S. food borne disease outbreaks in 2006, resulting in 27,634 illnesses and 11 deaths, federal officials said. The report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said that among the confirmed outbreaks, 54 percent were caused by norovirus and 18 percent were caused by Salmonella. Food borne outbreaks of norovirus occur most often when infected food handlers do not wash their hands well after using the...

2009-05-21 14:28:41

British scientists say they have discovered what salmonella bacteria feed on to survive as they cause food poisoning -- glucose. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia said their discovery of salmonella's weakness for sugar could lead to a vaccine that might also protect against other disease-causing bacteria, including superbugs. This is the first time that anyone has identified the nutrients that sustain salmonella while it is infecting a host's...

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2009-05-19 09:34:48

For the first time UK scientists have shown what the food poisoning bug Salmonella feeds on to survive as it causes infection: glucose. Their discovery of Salmonella's weakness for sugar could provide a new way to vaccinate against it. The discovery could also lead to vaccine strains to protect against other disease-causing bacteria, including superbugs. "This is the first time that anyone has identified the nutrients that sustain Salmonella while it is infecting a host's body," says Dr...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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