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Ice cream contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus resulted in two food-borne disease outbreaks. On investigation of the samples, high concentrations of Staphylococcus aureus and enterotoxin were detected.
Most respondents (36/43, 84%) assigned a high priority to entering foodborne disease outbreak data, rating outbreak reporting as 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 indicated low priority and 5 high priority.
A North American initiative aimed at minimizing trade disruptions during animal disease outbreaks took a step forward last week as a draft agreement between the United States and Canada was published along with a call for public comment on the proposal.
Participants invited to the InFORM Meeting include federal, state, territorial, and local government officials responsible for leading state and national foodborne disease outbreak surveillance and response activities among laboratory, epidemiology, and environmental health disciplines.
The CDC says it will add new cases of disease outbreaks to its "Solve the Outbreak" app over time.
Recommendation: To improve the ability of the federal veterinarian workforce to carry out routine activities, prepare for a catastrophic event, and respond to zoonotic disease outbreaks and to improve estimates of the veterinarian workforce needed to respond to a large-scale foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, the Secretary of Homeland Security should coordinate an interagency effort to identify the data necessary to model the spread of disease in wildlife and how best to gather these data.
TBA believes that a levy payable in the event of a disease outbreak should be broad-based so that the burden does not fall unfairly on too few horse owners."
Health and Safety workers in white suits at the Institute for Animal Health Laboratory in Pirbright, as they investigate the foot and mouth disease outbreak Picture, LEWIS WHYLD/PA
This paper describes the effect of a disease outbreak on the success of a translocation for conservation management in a critically endangered species.
The disease outbreak in south Wales between September and December hit 158 people and killed school boy Mason Jones.
Also last week, in Paris, France, the chief veterinarians from the governments of New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, the U.S., Australia and Britain signed an accord formalizing cooperation in the case of a disease outbreak. This multi-lateral agreement allows the governments in these countries to pool resources when an animal disease outbreak happens in one of their territories.
Making matters worse, one of those companies stops writing policies during a disease outbreak, while the other doesn't offer any income protection.

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