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10 September 2012 09:42
The source of an E.coli outbreak in an area of New York has yet to be found and new cases emerged last week
The source of a strange E.coli outbreak that has affected 10 people in the Finger Lakes area of New York over the past month has yet to be confirmed. The infection has affected nine Livingston County residents and one person from Onondaga County since early August, with three of the cases so serious that the victims had to be taken to hospital.
And while public health authorities have identified the specific outbreak strain, Livingston County's director of public health Joan Ellison said they have not yet been able to identify the exact source of the outbreak. "There is a thread that connects them, but not a rope that ties them all together," she told Food Poisoning Bulletin."It's really hard to say where it's coming from."
Lab tests involving a genetic "fingerprinting" method called pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) have revealed that eight of the cases are from the same strain of E.coli 0157:H7, but experts are still awaiting the results for two patients. New cases emerged last week after seven initial cases in early August. The news highlights the importance of
medical travel insurance, especially for those travelling to New York. Ellison has said it is unusual that the new cases have occurred. "It's kind of odd that we're adding them sporadically," she added.
28 September 2016
The English tourism industry is predicted to grow faster than the overall economy every year for the next decade, according to new research.
27 September 2016
Monarch Airlines says its flights are operating as normal amid fears the firm is in financial trouble.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.