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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:39 PM
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CDC: Salmonella Sickens 172 In 18 States
Mostly Adults, Women Stricken

POSTED: 5:35 pm EST October 30, 2006
UPDATED: 6:20 pm EST October 30, 2006

ATLANTA -- A salmonella outbreak potentially linked to produce has sickened at least 172 people in 18 states, health officials said Monday.

Health officials think the bacteria may have spread through some form of produce -- the list of suspects includes tomatoes. But the illnesses have not been tied to any specific product, chain, restaurants or supermarkets.

No one has died in the outbreak, which stems from a common form of salmonella bacteria. Eleven people have been hospitalized, health officials said.

"We're very early in the investigation," said Dave Daigle, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

http://www.newsnet5.com/health/10194202/detail.html

~snip~ The states involved are Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:02 PM
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1. This is what happens when regulators don't regulate
Rather than regulate, we have an Administration that is more concerned about pampering corporations and commercial farming organizations.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:14 AM
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8. Do we feel safer ?
This administration can't even protect us from FOOD :eyes:
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wholetruth00 Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 04:59 PM
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18. AMEN!!! If only people would pay attention to what is going on around them
and who is in charge.
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coffeenap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:10 PM
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2. I just emailed the CDC: My best friend dropped dead a month
ago. Autopsy was inconclusive--can't help but wonder if this is the source, and therefore, the first death. Thanks for posting this.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:41 AM
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11. I'm sorry to hear that you
lost your best friend and hope that you get some answers.
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 01:34 PM
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16. Oh, that's terrible - you have my condolences!
:hug:

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yorkiemommie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:20 PM
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3. Maybe my friend who cooks everything into mush
has a point.
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FormerOstrich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:26 PM
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4. Yep, the republicans
sure know how to keep us safe!

:sarcasm:

As long as you don't eat.
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 06:12 AM
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5. I'm glad I'm a Meatarian!
With all the news of vegetable-related illnesses in the news, it's time we all "went Carn" (-ivorous). With vegetables, there's just too much of a chance of e. coli, blood sugar disorders, and Mad Daffodil Disease.

I haven't eaten a "veggie" in three years, and I've never been healthier. I have no cholesterol; my blood sugar is is -60, and it's all Beefose. I've also lost 90 pounds and 50 kilograms -- each!

Please! Think of the Children! Love your little flowering friends, don't eat them! (Unless you have a good recipe.)

:evilgrin:

--p!
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 06:19 AM
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7. snort...
:-)
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:44 AM
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12. Bet Santa
does a reindeer count before he leaves YOUR roof top. :evilgrin:
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 06:19 AM
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6. 172 out of 300 million get sick? Is this truly an outbreak?
how to they classify "outbreaks"..

The article even states this is the most common form of salmonella...
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:19 AM
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9. 172 That They Know Of
There's no way to know the extent of the problem, let a lone the cause, unless and until the people are informed and provide feedback.

I agree with the Meatatarian (ottherwise known as carnivore). This might be a clever ploy to discredit vegans, but considering that I'm always anemic anyway....
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sugapablo Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:39 AM
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10. In the absense of proper food handling from our food producers (agribusiness)
Just cook your food. Raw Fooders will have to bite it for a while, but all these outbreaks only affect those who eat the suspect produce raw. Cooking kills e-coli, sam and ella, etc.

I'm assuming the meatarian doesn't eat much kibbee (raw beef).

This is what happens when large corporate farmers get out of hand with their livestock. Their over-populated animals contaminate the groundwater (and rivers and streams), which they use to water their produce fields.

Poof! Instant bacteria! Why is anyone surprised?

People suck (and not in that groovy, happy way). :(
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 04:52 PM
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17. There are cross contamination issues
Just cooking your food is NOT enough.
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sugapablo Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:18 PM
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19. I guess...
...I DO have to mention that safe handling of foods is essential in any kitchen. (I was under the assumption that it was common sense.)

Of course, one wouldn't HAVE to think of such things when it cam to produce if our agriculture infrastructure wasn't so bassackwards.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 07:54 AM
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13. hell I know people who do not appropriately handle the food they eat
they don't wash fruit or vegetables.
They keep stuff way past due dates and leave even meat dishes out too long and then refrigerate, leave out and refrigerate... (shudder)

I know of a couple who is constantly sick and when I saw how they handled food I knew why.

Hell even people who own certain pets are at higher risk for salmonella...especially if they don't wash their hands.
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PsychoDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:23 AM
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14. That could explain my recent bout with...
Some very nasty "stomach viri". I just saw the symptoms for Salmonilla and they were spot on.

As a diabetic I try to eat a lot of raw veggies. How does one clean them? Won't cold water just spread the nasties around?

What is one to do? Any suggestions?

Peace.
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 12:36 AM
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20. Get yourself a colloidal silver maker
it'll kill any nasties. Its totally harmless to people and animals. It will disinfect your house safely and effectively, treat any infections, use it as mouthwash, use it for deodorant, bathe in it, drink it. Spray it on your veggies. Carry it in a spritzer bottle and use it as a hand sanitizer. And much more.

All for the cost of a bottle of distilled water once you have the maker.

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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 11:50 AM
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15. Hubby thinks he picked up his case in Philadelphia airport
He had classic symptoms of salmonella about the time of the outbreak. He happened to be traveling earlier that day, and ate chicken salad during his layover in Philadelphia. Since Philly's a hub for US Air, I wonder if this could explain the widespread nature of the outbreak, across many states?
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