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More than half of U.S. beaches have fecal bacteria, environmentalists say
While Massachusetts beachgoers may be worried about sharks this summer, environmentalists are warning about a much smaller organism. E. coli, a bacteria present in animal and human waste, could hurt many more people—and it shows up on half of America's beaches, according to new research from Environment America and the Frontier Group.
Half the beaches in the U.S. have at least one day per summer season in which it's not safe to swim because of elevated bacteria levels in the water, according to a report the group released recently. Some states had it much worse. In Louisiana, all of the 24 beach sites sampled were potentially unsafe for at least one day last summer. In Mississippi, all 21 of 21 beach sites sampled were.
There are several ways for bacteria to get into water, but two of the most common ones are overflows from sewage treatment plants or runoff during heavy rain.
Brain disease linked to lychee toxins kills 47 children in India
Almost 50 children have died in northern India over the past three weeks from a brain disease that has been linked to toxins in lychees.
Health authorities in the state of Bihar said Thursday that 47 children have died of acute encephalitis syndrome, which involves inflammation of the brain. Two hospitals in the city of Muzaffarpur had registered a total of 179 cases since January, they said, but the deaths occurred only in the past few weeks.
In 2013, at least 351 people died of encephalitis in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
"This year, the number [of cases] has gone up a bit. The heat wave has been too intense, and it has gone on for too long," said Sanjay Kumar, a senior state health official.
14,000 cases of a flour brand have been recalled nationwide because of E. coli fears
More than 56 tons of ground beef recalled in E. coli outbreak, now spanning 10 states
A Georgia meat producer is recalling more than 100,000 pounds of ground beef, believed to be contaminated with the same E. coli strain connected to a growing outbreak that has sickened 156 people in 10 states.
K2D Foods, doing business as Colorado Premium Foods in Carrolton, Georgia, is recalling about 113,424 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, according to the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Since the beginning of March, while there have been no deaths reported, 20 of the 156 people infected with the strain of Escherichia coli O103 have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
The reason you get sick after a flight isn't the dirty cabin air
People often get sick after taking flights.
Cabin air is cleaner than you expect.
But there are plenty of germy places on planes.
Jet lag can also compromise your immune system.
For many, coming down with a cold after a long flight is all but inevitable.
But why is that? What do we get sick after taking a long flight?
The easy answer is that there are a couple of hundred people trapped in close proximity to one another inside a pressurized metal tube for hours on end, making for a rich breeding ground for germs.
E. coli outbreak sickens 72 people in 5 states, CDC says
Health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 72 people across five states, federal health agencies said Friday.
The reported cases were in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement announcing the outbreak. Eight people have been hospitalized, the CDC added.
The agency is working with the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate the outbreak. They have not yet pinpointed a specific food, grocery store or restaurant chain that's responsible for the infections. As a result, the CDC is not recommending people avoid a particular food.