Despite Increasing Clarity in Role of Illicit THC Vape Carts in Lung Injury Outbreak, CDC Violating Its Own Principles to Blame E-Cigarettes

The role of illicit THC vape carts in the lung injury outbreak --which has now caused 7 deaths--continues to become clear. Yesterday, Dallas County reported14 new cases ranging in age from 16 to 44 with a median age of 19, all of whom were hospitalized with severe respiratory distress. Although the news headline mentions only that these cases were associated with " vaping, " if you read down to the 11th paragraph, you find out that" Ninety percent of the Dallas County cases reported vaping THC products. "The CDC has continually downplayed the role of THC vape carts in the outbreak and even today, continues to blame it on electronic cigarettes generally. Most revealing is the fact that every time the CDC even mentions a potential role of THC, it immediately undermines it by emphasizing that" The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases. "The Rest of the StoryDon't let the CDC fool you. What they're not telling you is that in epidemiological outbreak investigations, wealmost never identify a single exposure that ties togetherall of the cases. This is why we calculate odds ratios to estimate the strength of association between the exposure and the cases. If every single case was associated with a single exposure, then it wouldn't take an epidemiological analysis to identify the source of the outbreak.I defy you to find a sin...
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Conclusion: Specific standards should be kept to prevent outbreaks during athletic events. This was the first time that a foodborne outbreak due to Clostridium perfringens was investigated in the country. Laboratory investigation for toxins should be enhanced, especially in foodborne outbreaks where clinical manifestations of cases are found to be compatible with infection caused by a toxin.
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Last Thursday, CDC finally revised itswarning to the public about the vaping-associated respiratory disease outbreak to state clearly that vaping THC-containing products is playing a major role in the outbreak. It stated that:" The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak. Therefore, CDC recommends that you should not use e-cigarette, or vaping, products that contain THC."In addition, CDC finallyr...
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Publication date: Available online 10 October 2019Source: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious DiseasesAuthor(s): Marc. K. Kouam, Herman M.F Biekop, Bridget Katte, Alexis TeguiaAbstractSalmonella infections in poultry farms are overlooked in many African countries; yet these infections are mostly zoonotic with impact on both poultry industry and public health. Considering the impact of Salmonella in laying hens, and the role of laying hens as a source of Salmonella outbreak in human, knowledge of the status of Salmonella on laying hen farms as well as the factors influencing the presence of Salmonella is imp...
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Seven people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, the CDC said in an update about the ongoing investigation.
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Can you stand yet another Salmonella, ella, ella, ella, uh, oh, outbreak? This time it is Salmonella Oranienburg that has already sickened at least 21 people in 13 states.
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In this study, the antibacterial mechanism of Lactobacillus reuteri S5 (L. reuteri S5) against Salmonella enteritidis ATCC13076 (S. enteritidis ATCC13076) was studied by different methods. We found that L. reuteri S5 was able to form a stable biofilm formation, colonizing the entire intestinal tract of chickens. In addition, bacterial cultures and the cell-free supernatant (CFS) of L. reuteri S5 inhibited SE ATCC13076 growth, and this growth inhibition was also observed in the co-culture assay. This effect may be predominantly caused by antimicrobial metabolites produced by L. reuteri S5. Furthermore, treatment with the CF...
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Food Control, Volume 109Author(s): Runze Huang, Haiqiang ChenAbstractFresh produce has been identified as the transmission vehicle for many foodborne illness outbreaks every year. They could be contaminated by pathogens at any point within the farm-to-fork food chain. Washing is often used to remove dirt and pathogens on fresh produce. Moreover, an effective decontamination method is required for wash water to prevent cross-contamination. Our group developed a water-assisted ultraviolet (UV) decontamination system (WUV) which combined washing and UV treatments. We evaluated the influence...
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Publication date: Available online 1 October 2019Source: Food ControlAuthor(s): Runze Huang, Haiqiang ChenAbstractFresh produce has been identified as the transmission vehicle for many foodborne illness outbreaks every year. They could be contaminated by pathogens at any point within the farm-to-fork food chain. Washing is often used to remove dirt and pathogens on fresh produce. Moreover, an effective decontamination method is required for wash water to prevent cross-contamination. Our group developed a water-assisted ultraviolet (UV) decontamination system (WUV) which combined washing and UV treatments. We evaluated the ...
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(CNN) — When multidrug-resistant pathogens kept reappearing on the skin of premature babies in a German hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, investigators were confused. Tests for contamination in the incubators, as well as among healthcare workers who came into contact with the preemies, were all coming up negative, according to a report on the case published Friday by the American Society for Microbiology. But tests showed the babies were continually being reinfected with Klebsiella oxytoca, a bacteria notorious for hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, soft tissue infec...
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