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Salmonella – From Your Pet’s Food

Have you checked your pet’s food out recently?  Officials at the CDC have linked an outbreak of Salmonella infections to recalled pet food manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods. 14 people to date have been sickened from this latest outbreak.

Pet food cause of salmonella

The CDC has received reports of illnesses to date in nine states: Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  Among the nine patients for which data was available, five required hospitalization for treatment of the this latest salmonella infection.

There have been more cases of salmonella in recent years.  Symptoms of this infection may include the following:

  • Diarrhea, without blood.
  • Headaches.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Fever.
  • Dehydration

Be aware that the infection can spread from the intestines into the bloodstream.

How did consumer get the infection from their pet food? By not properly washing their hands from touching the pet food itself.  Always wash with warm water and soap and clean them for as long as it  takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

Check here to see if your pet’s food is part of the recall list today and stay tuned for further updates.

Do you always wash your hands after feeding your pet? 



Hand Washing and Masks Proven to Slash Spread of Flu

A new study found up to a 75 percent reduction in flu-like illness over the study period with hand hygiene and surgical masks, said Allison Aiello, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Masks can help prevent flu spread

Wearing surgical masks and hand washing can prevent spread of flu

The Journal Public Library of Science ONE reports that the results from years of study found no significant reduction in symptoms in mask use alone, which suggests masks and hand hygiene should be used together.

More than 1,000 students were used in this research from the Michigan school of Public Health in residence halls.  They were assigned to groups who work masks, another group that wore masks and washed hands properly, and the last group that did neither. The study was launched in 2006 and lasted 2 years. Students in both studies were asked to wear masks in the residence halls for six hours per day and clean their hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer in addition to soap and water hand washing.

This method of wearing surgical masks and proper hand washing could be the first line of defense in avoiding a pandemic. Vaccines may not be available for the newest flu pandemic to hit immediately.

Will your hospital or medical office be prepared for the next flu pandemic?


Back to School and Germs

By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com

It’s that time of year again when the children go back to school and germs are being spread everywhere. What can you do to stop the spread of germs and infectious disease this time of year?

Back to School

Back to School

1) Wash Hands Thoroughly Throughout the Day and When They Return Home

2) Make Sure Immunizations Are Up To Date

3) Have A Small Bottle of Purell in Their Backpack

4) Be Sure They Don’t Share Cups, Water Bottles and Other Items That Transmit Germs

5) Keep All Cuts Bandaged

6) Make Sure They Know How to Cover Mouth When Coughing or Sneezing

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy back to school experience!

school days

School Days

If you can provide more tips please leave us a comment here.


Do you use hand sanitizers?

By Ken Buben, President, Fancy Scrubs.com

Have you heard the 4 companies who make hand sanitizers have been told to stop claiming their products prevent infection by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ?

The agency “does not have sufficient evidence demonstrating that these products are safe and effective for these purposes,” the FDA said in a statement. The FDA told the four companies that claims made for the products — including hand sanitizers and soaps — violate federal law. As well as the MRSA claims, some of the products are claimed to prevent infection from E. coli and/or the H1N1 influenza.

To really prevent the spread of infections you must avoid touching all surfaces and wash hands properly. Wash hands often, especially before handling food, to help avoid getting sick. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. For children, this means the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

Wash Hands Properly

And if you are a medical professional wear protective medical uniforms that are now available.