Dr. Brad Garrison of Wooster was recently elected President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the Association’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. David Koncal passed on the gavel of the president to Dr. Garrison.
According to a new inter-agency report, foodborne pathogens in the United States cause about 9 million people to get sick, with 55,000 hospitalized, and an estimated 1,000 deaths, but a system for identifying which foods most often are responsible for illnesses associated with particular pathogens has been lacking. The report outlines a new method for tracking and reporting that information relating to the four most prevalent foodborne pathogens.
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, says a noted zoologist affiliated with the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
For years, beef packers have employed a variety of post-harvest interventions to reduce contamination of meat with E. coli O157:H7 or other shiga toxin- producing E. coli (STEC). Meanwhile, the industry continues to explore options for pre-harvest interventions to reduce the amount of STEC cattle carry into processing plants, thereby enhancing the efficacy of plant interventions.