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By Region: North America

How Yelp Can Be Used to Track Outbreaks of Food Poisoning

When a Shigella outbreak at a San Jose, California, seafood restaurant sickened dozens of people last weekend, Yelp reviewers were on the case—right alongside public-health officials.

U.S. Readies for a Return of Bird Flu

(Wall Street Journal)- U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and killed more than 48 million birds.

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Regrew in Bronx Cooling Towers That Were Disinfected

(TheNewYorkTimes)- The 15 water-cooling towers that were found to be contaminated this week amid a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases had been disinfected less than two months ago, New York City officials said on Thursday, raising questions about how successful the city can be in containing the disease.

Sentencing scheduled for peanut executive in salmonella case

(Washington Post)- ALBANY, Ga. — A former peanut executive convicted of shipping tainted food and faking lab tests for contaminants could be sent to prison for life when he’s sentenced by a federal judge.

The bacteria-fighting super element that’s making a comeback in hospitals: copper

(Washington Post)- Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. Greeks, Romans and Aztecs relied on copper compounds to treat burns, headaches and ear infections. Thousands of years later, the ancient therapeutic is being embraced by some hospitals because of its ability to kill bacteria and other microbes on contact, which can  Read More »