Cuddling your kitten is ok, so why isn't kissing your chicken?

How your furry friends could make you sick You know you can't resist looking at them: those videos starring adorable kittens or puppies, hatching eagle chicks, little ducklings, baby pandas. They show cute animals rolling around with infants, licking someone's face, or doing something unusual. You might even have seen CNN's report on an emotional support duck walking down the aisle of an airplane. Why do these videos go viral? Maybe because "animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears," as the Associated Press explained last year. They can also lure us into forgetting that not every animal is suited to be a pet or to be treated as one because some animals can carry germs that make people sick. Now don't get me wrong, I love animals as much as the next person, maybe even more. That's why I became a veterinarian and have many pets at home. But I'm also the mother of two young children, and I've dedicated my life to a career in curbing diseases that can be spread between animals and people (zoonoses). It's at the core of my job as the director of CDC's One Health Office in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. As much as I love animals, I know that some--especially those frequently linked to outbreaks of human illness--are not the best animals to choose as pets. For example, a flock of chicks in your backyard may look like cute companions, but they also can carry Salmonella bacteria. Just in 2016, we'...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Japanese officials have culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting an outbreak of swine fever, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Sunday.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Publication date: December 2019Source: Food Packaging and Shelf Life, Volume 22Author(s): Yeong-Ju Bang, Shiv Shankar, Jong-Whan RhimAbstractSilver nanoparticles (AgNP) were synthesized in situ by reducing AgNO3 using resorcinol and gelatin to prepare functional gelatin/resorcinol/AgNP nanocomposite films (Gel/Res/AgNP). The nanocomposite film exhibited a characteristic light absorption peak of AgNP at 420 nm and improved UV-light barrier property. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results also showed a characteristic reflection peak of crystalline AgNP around 2θ = 38° corresponding to the (111) diffraction plane of ...
Source: Food Packaging and Shelf Life - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
In this study, participatory rural appraisal techniques (group discussion) and participatory active disease follow-ups were employed to investigate GTP outbreaks in Kanam LGA with the objective of understanding the epidemiology and estimating the financial impact of the disease amongst the farmers. Skin scabs were collected from goats with nodular pox-like lesions during field observation. All the respondents that participated in this study had at one point or another had cases of goat pox in their flock; only about 33% of them sought veterinary services and had tried to manage the disease medically. Morbidity and mortalit...
Source: Small Ruminant Research - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 September 2019Source: Process BiochemistryAuthor(s): Ehsan Motamedian, Maryam Sarmadi, Elahe DerakhshanAbstractDifficulties associated with genetic manipulation and restrictions on the use of genetically modified organisms limit the application of metabolic engineering for improving the productivity of a cell. In this research, a system-oriented strategy was proposed to develop a regulatory defined medium (RDM) that removes the intracellular constraints of a cell system without any genetic manipulation. A transcriptional regulated metabolic model was first applied to identify the minim...
Source: Process Biochemistry - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 September 2019Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: BiointerfacesAuthor(s): Qingmiao Zhang, Yilei Wang, Wenkun Zhang, Michael E. Hickey, Zhuangsheng Lin, Qin Tu, Jinyi WangAbstractNanofibrous membranes which exhibit bacteriostatic functions are a good strategy to prevent microorganisms from adhering to the surface of biomaterials. Here, we report the synthesis of such a nanofibrous membrane which can be applied to biological coatings to reduce bacteriostatic functionality. Ascorbic acid was utilized to reduced chloroauric acid to gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). Dopamine was then polymerized upo...
Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
This study provided a promising treatment method to inhibit antibiotic resistance and revealed the oxidative damage of AR E. coli and gene under SO4·- involved system.
Source: Chemical Engineering Journal - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 September 2019Source: Trends in GeneticsAuthor(s): Vandana Raghavan, Charles F. Aquadro, Eric AlaniGlobal outbreaks of drug-resistant fungi such as Candida auris are thought to be due at least in part to excessive use of antifungal drugs. Baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has gained importance as an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen that can cause infections in immunocompromised patients. Analyses of over 1000 S. cerevisiae isolates are providing rich resources to better understand how fungi can grow in human environments. A large percentage of clinical S. cerevisiae is...
Source: Trends in Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
In this study, we found that knockouts as to the respective genes for ECA biosynthesis can grow in the minimum medium with the normal expression level of MPIase, indicating that MPIase can be biosynthesized de novo without the utilization of any compounds generated through ECA biosynthesis. Conversely, ECA was expressed normally upon MPIase depletion. From these results, we conclude that the biosynthetic genes for MPIase and ECA are independent. PMID: 31511443 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Tags: J Gen Appl Microbiol Source Type: research
Former Minister of Health Oly Ilunga has been taken into custody as part of an investigation into the use of Ebola funds, according to a statement by Congo police. There have been nearly 2,000 Ebola-related deaths in the country, and roughly $200 million in aid donated in the past year.
Source: CBC | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/World Source Type: news
Authors: Souza SA, Kurohara DT, Dabalos CL, Ng HL Abstract Heterologous expression of the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) comes with a suite of challenges intrinsic to membrane proteins. This receptor's low expression levels and tendency to form insoluble aggregates in Escherichia coli and yeast make it a difficult receptor-target to study. In this unit, we detail steps to produce monomeric GPER using a precipitation-based cell-free system. We provide information on the DNA construct for expression, the pipetting scheme for the reaction supplements to generate a master mix, and the cell-free reaction set...
Source: Current Protocols in Protein Science - Category: Biochemistry Tags: Curr Protoc Protein Sci Source Type: research
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