Raw-milk cheese implicated in 35 TB cases

first_img Consumers should not eat cheese that is not clearly labeled as pasteurized, the NYCDH statement added. The cases occurred from 2001 to 2004 and were caused by Mycobacterium bovis, which can be found in raw milk from infected cattle, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDH) said in a Mar 15 statement. In one case, a 15-month-old child died of complications of M bovis infection. General symptoms of M bovis tuberculosis include fever, night sweats, and weight loss, the department said. Lymph node infection may cause neck swelling, and gastrointestinal infection may lead to abdominal pain and swelling, officials said. Mar 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – This week’s health warnings about soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk were based on 35 recent cases of tuberculosis in New York City that are believed to have been linked to raw-milk products. The statement said symptoms usually don’t appear until months to years after infection. Frieden told the Times that the illness often goes unrecognized when it does not affect the lungs. The illness is treatable with a combination of antibiotics. If it is not treated, it can be fatal in rare cases. The common form of tuberculosis is a lung infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. M bovis accounts for less than 1% of tuberculosis cases in the United States and other countries where few cattle are infected and milk is pasteurized, according to the NYCDH. M bovis is more likely than M tuberculosis to cause tuberculosis in organs other than the lungs, such as the lymph nodes or intestinal tract, officials said. NYCDH Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden stated, “As a rule, people should not eat food products that are unlabeled or not labeled in English, as is required by law. Illegally imported food products may not be manufactured or packaged in compliance with the FDA’s strict regulations; consuming these products may endanger your health.” The NYCDH said it is working with federal and state agencies to find the source of products linked with the illness in the city. The department is testing unlabeled or improperly labeled cheese obtained from some Mexican grocers in Brooklyn and Queens. The report said health officials began an investigation 4 months ago after determining that all the younger children were American-born, raising the possibility that contaminated products were coming from abroad. The 35 people who apparently contracted tuberculosis from contaminated unpasteurized dairy products include 22 adults and 13 children, according to a Mar 16 New York Times report. All the adults were born abroad, most of them in Mexico. The New York cases prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week to warn against consuming raw-milk soft cheeses, especially those imported from Mexico, Nicaragua, and Honduras.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Makes Case for Statewide Broadband to Support Education

first_img Education, Infrastructure, Press Release, Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited Dover Area High School to highlight the need for statewide broadband access to increase educational opportunities for Pennsylvania’s students.“For Pennsylvania to succeed we must close the digital divide to ensure every citizen has the access it needs to connect to the ever-expanding digital world in which we live and work,” said Governor Wolf. “Our students, parents, and our teachers deserve better, and we can provide that through Restore Pennsylvania.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf announced a bold infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.In Dover, the governor outlined how Restore Pennsylvania will help school districts by expanding broadband access to all Pennsylvanians. Nearly a million Pennsylvanians today lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet.“All of the technology that the Dover Area School District has generously invested in for the improved achievement, communication, and safety of our students is only as good as the ability for families to access this information at home,” said Superintendent Tracy Krum. “We applaud Governor Wolf and his foresight to understand that high speed internet for all Pennsylvanians is truly a game changer for families across the state. And, definitely in Dover.”Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. Governor Wolf Makes Case for Statewide Broadband to Support Education SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img February 07, 2019last_img read more