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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.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
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18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
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14 October 2016
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13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
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11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
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08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.