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Friday, August 05, 2011

March Salmonella Outbreak Still not Sourced and other Health GIS News

"Despite an extensive investigation by FSIS and CDC to date, there is little epidemiological information available at this time that conclusively links these illnesses to any specific product or establishment," FSIS spokesman Neil Gaffney said Tuesday. "Without specific enough data, it would not be appropriate to issue a recall notice." Gaffney said the agency was committed to finding the source of the outbreak and then taking action to protect public health.

There just is not enough data to identify a source for a samenella outbreak that's spread US-wide since March. While there is a map of people impacted tying it to a specific plant or batch of turkey has proved impossible.


Drawing upon recent research, NRDC [Natural Resource Defences Council] has now just launched a new site with state-level public health impacts currently being felt as a result of climate change--and what to expect in the future. 

- NDRC Blog

In the most recent volunteer mission, medical professionals from National Taiwan University Hospital and Changhua Christian Hospital studied the causes behind patients' diabetes and where they lived and then compiled the information in a simple map for the reference of health authorities.

8.5% of the island nation's popluation has the disease, meaning getting its limited health care resources to them is key.

- Focus Taiwan

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/05 at 06:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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