Seattle ice cream company recalls all flavors over Listeria risk

Pink’s Ice Cream LLC of Seattle, WA is recalling all ice cream flavors produced in 2014 with the exception of Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever,…


Western Australia health issue measles warning for travelers on Air Asia flight

The Western Australia Department of Health issued a measles warning today for travelers on an Air Asia flight from Bali over the weekend after a family of two were infected on the vacation island. Measles rashImage/CDC According to health officials, the family arrived in Perth around midday on Saturday, 20 December on Air Asia flight QZ 548 from Denpasar. People who were on this flight were potentially exposed to these…


Formosan gem-faced civet confirmed rabies positive in Taiwan

Taiwan agriculture officials have reported the first rabies case in a Formosan gem-faced civet in southern Taiwan’s Pingtung county. The following information was provided to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Tuesday by Dr Ping-Cheng Yang, Director, Animal Technology Institute Taïwan, Council of Agriculture, Taïwan, Chinese Taipei: Image/Video Screen Shot One Formosan gem-faced civet (Paguma larvata taivana) was picked up in the Kenting National Park located in the Hengchun Township, Pingtung County and…


Mice infected with Lyme disease help spread babesiosis: Yale researcher

Mice that are already infected with the pathogen that causes Lyme disease appear to facilitate the spread of a lesser-known but emerging disease, babesiosis, into new areas. Ixodes scapularis, a Black-legged tick/CDC Research led by the Yale School of Public Health and published Dec. 29 in the journal PLOS ONEused laboratory experiments, mathematical models, and fieldwork data to find that mice infected with the agent that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia…


Infections you can get from dogs

Man and dog—a relationship that is nearly as old as time itself. Protector of our homes, pulling our sleds, finding missing people in rubble after an earthquake, dogs have been invaluable to the human race. However, dogs are indeed animals and exposure to dogs has the potential for a plethora of infectious diseases. Here is a summary of possible diseases and routes of infection: McNab dogPublic domain image/Jezzabell Bites Dogs…


Infections you can get from domestic cats

With one-third of the households in the United States having cats as pets totally approximately 60 million, human exposure to cats can occasionally result in a variety of infections. Photo/Robert Herriman Infections from cats can be from bites and scratches, from their contaminated feces, from vectors living on their body and from microorganisms found on their coat. Bites and scratches are a frequent occurrence from playing around with your cat….


Norovirus sickens more than 100 kids at Guangdong school

Qiming Primary School in Jiangmen city in south China’s Guangdong Province reported that more than 100 students have been stricken with the gastrointestinal bug, norovirus. Image/CDC The students affected, 104 in total, were elementary students in grades one through three, according to reports. Health officials in Jiangmen city say this is the seventh norovirus outbreak this year. Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as…