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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:52 PM
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Feds Close In On Source Of E. Coli Strain

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/12/health/main20...

(AP) The strain of deadly E. coli behind a recent outbreak has been linked to a cattle ranch next to Salinas Valley spinach fields, California and federal investigators said Thursday.

The strain of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 was found in three cattle fecal samples collected at one of four ranches under investigation, the officials said. The ranch is within a mile of produce fields.

We do not have a definite cause-and-effect here. We do have a very important finding, said Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of the Prevention Services Division of the California Department of Health Services.

Investigators still do not know how the feces could have contaminated the spinach implicated in the bacterial outbreak.

FULL story at link above.

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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:57 PM
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1. Ahem.
".......a cattle ranch NEXT TO Salinas Valley spinach fields......"

"Investigators still do not know how the feces could have contaminated the spinach implicated in the bacterial outbreak."

Note to investigators: If you can't figure this one out you need to find another line of work.

Can't figure out how germs in manure could get next-door in agricultural land.............jesus wept.

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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:06 PM
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3. LOL...
I can figure it myself... run off rain water! Fucking FDA can't figure this shit out?
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:17 PM
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6. Apparently not.
Wind-borne dust would do it too. Or people walking from one field to another withoud f - - - ing sterilizing their footwear. Doesn't take any imagination at all.

The problem ISN'T how it got nextdoor. The problem is how to GET IT OUT of the cattle. And keep it out.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:19 PM
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7. I'm going to have to assume...
it's a bit more complicated then that.
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Imalittleteapot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:05 PM
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2. When are they going to find the source of
anthrax that killed some Americans and scared the rest?
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:16 PM
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5. GMTA
I should have read your post first.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:15 PM
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4. Can they now move on to finding the Anthrax sender?
We can find a microbe, but not a guy with Anthrax? Hmmm.
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 08:35 AM
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 08:35 AM
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9. E. coli linked to cattle ranch
E. coli linked to cattle ranch
DNA MATCH TO WASTE SUGGESTS FIELD, NOT FACTORY, MAY BE SOURCE
Posted on Fri, Oct. 13, 2006
By Brandon Bailey and Ken McLaughlin
Mercury News

Health officials have matched the deadly bacteria found in bagged spinach to samples of cattle manure found near a field where spinach was grown, providing a major clue to the source of an outbreak that killed three people and sickened nearly 200 last month.

The results from genetic testing could be the biggest breakthrough in 10 years of investigating outbreaks of illness from deadly E. coli bacteria that have been linked to leafy produce grown in the Salinas Valley, officials said Thursday. They said it may point the way toward preventing future episodes.

While eight earlier outbreaks have been traced to produce from the region, this is the first time that investigators have linked an episode to a specific source. But they are still working to determine how that particular E. coli bacterium may have migrated across a road that separates a cow pasture from the spinach field on the same ranch.

The explanation could be anything from wandering cattle to water run-off, or one of several wild boars that have been foraging and knocking down fences on the property.

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/healt...

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