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Latest Data Confirms Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning: Measles Is On the Rise
If you thought that measles episode of The Brady Bunch was hilarious and that measles is just such a cute old-timey virus, then you’ll be happy to hear: Measles is back! Thanks to the efforts of down-home anti-vaxxer folk, we’re now officially living in a world that has more cases of measles since 1992. Nostalgia for the ’90s is out of control! We should have resurrected Nirvana, not measles. RIght?
Infectious Diseases A–Z: Does hand sanitizer kill flu and cold germs?
Washing your hands with warm soap and water is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness, especially during cold and flu season. Hand sanitizer doesn't require water and can be an acceptable alternative when soap and water aren't available. But does hand sanitizer kill germs? "It does if it's alcohol-based," says Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group.
PFAS toxins found in drinking water throughout Southern California
Wells of nearly two dozen Southern California water agencies have reportable levels of PFAS, a chemical family increasingly linked to cancer, liver and kidney damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, low fertility, low birth weight and ulcerative colitis.
Seven of those agencies have shut down wells in the past year because of the presence of those chemicals and two more plan closures, an investigation by the Southern California News Group found.
The state only this year began ordering testing for the chemicals, and a state law requiring that customers be notified about the presence of those chemicals won’t kick in until next year.
The substances are dubbed “forever chemicals” because they resist breaking down in nature.
“PFAS is the climate change of toxic chemicals,” said Andria Ventura, toxics program manager for the advocacy group Clean Water Action. “They never go away. Virtually all Americans have them in their blood. Babies are born with them. … They’re some of the scariest things I’ve worked on.”
Tyson recalls chicken breast patties after complaints of "extraneous matter"
Tyson Foods is recalling more than 39,000 pounds of Weaver fully cooked chicken breast patties with rib meat after consumers complained about finding pieces of a mechanical seal or gasket in the product.
The recalled chicken is packaged in 26-ounce bags with a best buy date of January 31, 2020.
Concerns mount over lead in Newark water supply
There are serious concerns about the water supply in Newark, New Jersey. Filters that were supposed to get the lead out don't appear to be working. Don Dahler reports.
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.
WHAT IS EEE VIRUS? MOSQUITOES CARRYING DEADLY VIRUS FOUND IN NEW YORK AND MASSACHUSETTS
Health officials have confirmed the potentially life-threatening Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in mosquitoes in both New York and Massachusetts.
New York's Oswego County Health Department said on Tuesday that two mosquitoes taken from a field station at Toad Harbor Swamp in West Monroe tested positive for the EEE virus, Sycaruse.com reported.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed EEE-carrying mosquitoes were identified for the first time this summer in mid-July, The Boston Globe reported. The bugs were found in the towns of Easton, Freetown, and Fairhaven, as well as the city of New Bedford.
Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang told CNY Central: "We are working closely with state Department of Health to monitor mosquito activity around the county and will take actions as deemed appropriate based on consultations with state and regional partners."
Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats expands to 27 states
Cases of Flesh-Eating Bacteria Are on the Rise as Summer Heats Up: Here's How to Stay Safe
An ice cream recall -- NOW? Canadian dairy issues warning amid heat wave
Don't have a meltdown over this -- but there's now a recall of ice cream during this crazy heat wave.
Alcohol tainted with methanol suspected of killing at least 19 people in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has issued a national alert about tainted alcohol after 19 people were confirmed to have died over the past few weeks from methanol poisoning. The government says several alcohol brands have been tainted with methanol, a poisonous alcohol found in solvents and antifreeze.
Since early June, 14 men and five women across Costa Rica have died from methanol poisoning, according to the Ministry of Health. They ranged in age from 32 to 72. Seven of the deaths were in the San Jose province, which includes San Jose, the most populous city in Costa Rica.
The Ministry of Health said information on the deaths is "preliminary" and an investigation is ongoing.
Nearly 90 Hummus Products Are Being Recalled Over Listeria Concerns—Here’s What You Should Know
Hummus manufacturing giant Pita Pal Foods, LP just issued a voluntary recall of 87 types of hummus products over concerns of listeria contamination, reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The products were flagged as potentially dangerous during an FDA inspection at the company’s Houston, Texas-based manufacturing facility. They were distributed nationwide in the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Hummus brands affected include Lantana, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, and 7-Select, but we’ve included the full list below. The majority of the products being recalled have “best by" dates between July 21, 2019 and August 30, 2019, but a few have them from November or December 2019.
Parents eye water supply after 7 cancer cases...
This Common Grilling Mistake Could Make You Very Sick—Luckily, There's An Easy Fix
Eager cooks can find myriad reasons to make dinner on the grill every night of the week in peak grilling season: From chicken and steak to pizza, potatoes, bread, even dessert, there isn’t much that isn’t delicious after a spin over charcoal or the flames of a gas grill.
However, one thing no one wants to take away from their smoky piece of perfectly-grilled fish is a foodborne illness. But it is entirely possible an over-eager cook could set up their family and dinner guests for just that if they don’t do this one essential step: preheat the grill and scrub it clean of any residue before cooking.
Grills can harbor pieces of food for days, weeks, even months after the dish has been consumed. The food that remains on the grills is an attraction for birds, insects, and other animals. They can introduce any number of bacteria (and even waste) to the grill’s surface. Plus, leftover food bits are a magnet for bacteria, and they can produce unusual odors or flavors in the food you’re cooking on top of them.
Cavi Brand Papayas Could Be Source Of Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak, Says CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned people in the United States about a possible connection between Cavi Brand Papayas and salmonella outbreak in several states. CDC urged people not to sell, serve or eat this whole fresh fruit from the brand as it is likely to be the source for the bacterial infection.
The announcement was made by the agency Friday after it investigated the source of the bacteria which has hit about eight states. They looked into the possible link between papayas imported from Mexico and salmonella infections.
“Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicates Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas are a likely source of this outbreak. Do not eat, serve, or sell any Cavi brand whole, fresh papayas because they may be contaminated with salmonella. We are no longer advising consumers to avoid all papayas from Mexico,” CDC said in a statement.
A Fecal Parasite Is Causing More Disease Outbreaks, and Swimming Pools May Be to Blame, CDC Says
A recent announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may put a damper on summer fun. A fecal parasite often spread by swimming is causing an increasing number of illness outbreaks, the agency says.
The number of disease outbreaks involving the parasite Cryptosporidium, also known as Crypto, increased by about 13% each year from 2009 to 2017, according to a new report from the CDC. People can become ill with cryptosporidiosis after exposure to contaminated human or animal fecal matter, developing symptoms including nausea, cramps and diarrhea that can last weeks and lead to serious malnutrition and dehydration.
New Jersey's largest lake giving people rashes due to harmful algae bloom, officials warn
Do you know the hygiene hot spots in your home?
Washing hands, cloths and surfaces at the right time is the key to good hygiene - but one in four people think it is not important, it warns.
Getting it right can reduce infections and antibiotic resistance.
And there is no such thing as being "too clean".
According to the RSPH report, there is confusion among the public about the difference between dirt, germs, cleanliness and hygiene.
In a survey of 2,000 people, 23% thought children needed to be exposed to harmful germs to build up their immune systems.
But experts behind the report said this was "a potentially harmful belief" which could lead to exposure to some dangerous infections.
Instead, they said people should concentrate on cleaning specific places at specific times, even if they look clean, to stop "bad" microbes spreading.
Frozen Avocados Recalled Nationwide From Several Stores Due To Listeria Concerns
Avocados, whether spread on toast or mashed in guacamole, are one of America's most favorite fruits. But fresh ones have a very short shelf live and just one day past ripe can lead to brown spots and inedible results. That's why frozen avocados have been gaining popularity in recent years. In fact, you might have some in your freezer right now — though you might want to check on them, because they could make you sick. Frozen avocados are being recalled nationwide from several stores due to listeria concerns.