Category Other Microorganisms

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Brucellosis linked to unpasteurized camel milk in Israel

Two patients have been hospitalized at Meir Medical and another patient at Schneider Hospital in Petach Tikvah, suffering from brucellosis linked to the consumption of unpasteurized camel milk produced by the dairy company “Genesis.” Last week, two children were hospitalized … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Washing is never enough but are they linked? Summer means Cyclospora in Canada, Mexico and Texas

Finally, some decent risk-based advice from a government agency. Washing will not remove Cyclospora from fresh produce. Washing removes very little of anything from fresh produce. Canada’s Public Health Agency is investigating 51 cases of people infected with the single-celled … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Beneficial role clarified for brain protein associated with BSE

Studying mice and zebrafish, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Zurich have shown that the proteins — when properly folded — play a vital role in nerve cell function by maintaining the … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Raw is risky: Canada reports 1st case this year of illness linked to eating raw oysters

CBC News reports British Columbia has recorded its first case this year of someone being sickened by eating raw oysters contaminated with Vibrio bacteria. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) said the illness was reported June 30 in the Vancouver … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Fancy food ain’t safe food: Oysters at Wimbledon edition

Oysters are no longer being served at Wimbledon after a bout of food poisoning at a luxury hospitality tent chefed by the Roux family. According to the Daily Mail, the Gatsby Club’s exclusive clientele pay up to £5,000 for corporate … Continue reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Music festivals are great; for pathogens too

I was at a kids birthday party recently when a parent familiar with my Canadian heritage mentioned to me that the Tragically Hip’s 2016 tour would be a string of depressing events. Maybe, I dunno. Gord Downie, the Hip’s lead … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog How the screwworm’s sex life saved steaks

NPR’s Goats and Soda reports that over the past 70 years, the U.S. has been waging a war against a miniature menace: the New World screwworm. The fly survives by eating warm-blooded flesh: A fly lands on a wound in … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Hygiene hypothesis variation: The parasite underground

Vik was in his late 20s, blood started appearing in his stool. He found himself rushing to the bathroom as many as nine times a day, and he quit his job at a software company. He received a diagnosis of … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Cats: Harbinger of parasites and schizophrenia

Pregnant women are advised to avoid many things, including alcohol, smoking and even their cat’s litter box (what about the refrigerated ready-to-eat foods?). More than 90% of obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States caution patients about handling cat litter … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Birds: Crowds of crows spread Campylobacter

Crows are smart, highly social animals that congregate in flocks of tens of thousands. Such large, highly concentrated populations can easily spread disease — not only amongst their own species, but quite possibly to humans, either via livestock, or directly. … Continue reading Read More