Infectious Disease

FDA approves OraQuick – A Home HIV Test Kit

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OraQuick In-Home HIV Test. This home test kit can test fluid from the mouth to determine if there is an HIV infection. If the home test results come up positive, a follow up traditional lab test must be completed to confirm the results.

OraQuick will be made available online and at stores. Anyone over the age of 17 will be able to purchase the home HIV test kit. The test results take between 20 – 40 minutes to screen for the HIV infection.

Kroger and Marketside Brand Bagged Salad recall announced

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling certain bagged salads because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Around 1,077 cases of the salads are involved in the recall. The produce has either the Kroger or Marketside store brand labels on them, and were distributed to Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

No illnesses were reported in association with this food safety recall. North Carolina officials found Listeria monocytogenes contamination during a random testing of one bag of Marketside Leafy Romaine.

Liquid Gold Carrot Juice recall announced for possible Botulism Danger

Liquid Gold 24K Carrot Juice Product Label - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - All sizes of Liquid Gold Carrot Juice is being recalled because they could be potentially contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism. The foodborne illness could be serious and deadly explained the US Food and Drug Administration.

Healthy Choice Island Blends, Inc. of Los Angeles, California is the makers of Liquid Gold 24K Carrot Juice. They said there was not any reports of illnesses in association with this recall. They distributed their bottled drinks in California. They also shipped their product to produce companies through wholesale arrangements.

The juice came in 128 ounce (1 gallon), 64 ounce (half-gallon), 32 ounce, and 16 ounce see-through containers. The bottles have a white label with the brand Liquid Gold 24K with a picture of carrots and a glass of the juice. The UPC code on the package is 7 63213 00130.

Possible Salmonella Contamination prompts Recall of Leasa Brand Alfalfa Sprouts

(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 433 cases of LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts because they could be contaminated with Salmonella. The products came in 6-ounce clear plastic containers and have the best if used by date of 7/2/12.

A routine test sample of the sprouts found Salmonella. Leasa Industries Co., Inc. from Miami, Florida said that they are working with the FDA and the Florida Department of Agriculture to conduct this voluntary recall.

Grocery stores, food service, and other retailers have been instructed to pull the product from store shelves. Consumers who may have purchase the alfalfa sprouts should throw the product out in the trash.

West Nile Virus - First Confirmed Case in California for 2012

mosquito graphic - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed case of West Nile virus infection for the 2012 season. The infected person is a 70-year old woman from Kern County. She was hospitalized, but is on the way to recovery. So far in 2012, there has been West Nile virus identified in 15 California counties.

Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of CDPH, said that the first case of West Nile virus infection of the season is a reminder for people to be careful and protect themselves and others against mosquito bites. He adds that the West Nile virus activity is at its peak in the summer months.

West Nile virus is usually transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. Humans and animals could become infected if bitten by the infected mosquito. The CDPH say that the risk for suffering a serious illness from the West Nile virus is low for most people.

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