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Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Meals Safe

By | November 26th, 2019|Preparedness|

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family. Inevitably, this will also be a time when you may find yourself surrounded by lots and lots of food. In order to keep you and your loved ones healthy and avoid foodborne illness, let’s start with some basics: Wash your hands. Washing your hands [...]

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Keep Salmonella off your Thanksgiving menu

By | November 21st, 2018|Preparedness|

The thought of holiday celebrations can bring feelings of both warmth and excitement. We all look forward to Grandma’s special recipe or our favorite holiday dish. Thanksgiving is certainly no exception, and the last thing you need on your holiday plate is a big serving of Salmonella. Following a few simple pieces of advice can help [...]

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Data Helps Shape Public Health Priorities

By | January 18th, 2018|Preparedness|

ADHS collects huge amounts of data to help understand and address health problems across our state.  The department uses statistics to get insights about how many people in Arizona get Valley Fever each year or where environmental hazards are.  We also use statistics to address causes of disease, finding answers that impact policy and program decisions. In the 1940s [...]

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New Report Highlights Food Safety in Arizona

By | December 15th, 2017|Preparedness|

Food safety may not be something you think about everyday, but it is certainly on the minds of the ADHS Food Safety & Environmental Services Program and the County Environmental Health Departments.  These are the programs and departments charged with preventing foodborne illness through the inspections their Registered Sanitarians and Sanitarian Aides conduct at over [...]

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The United States and Canada Experiencing Cyclospora Outbreak

By | September 13th, 2017|Preparedness|

Currently, the United States and Canada are experiencing an outbreak of Cyclospora, a foodborne parasite. People who swallow this parasite become sick with ongoing diarrhea, often going away and coming back (relapsing), loss of appetite, gas, stomach pain, and fatigue. Symptoms usually start a week after the parasite is swallowed, but can be as short [...]

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Partners Exercise Response Plans During a Hepatitis A Outbreak Scenario

By | August 3rd, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Food and Waterborne Teams in the Office of Infectious Disease Services led a foodborne outbreak investigation tabletop exercise for almost 110 public health partners last week. Individuals in attendance came from tribal and county health departments, hospitals, state universities, and federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This year’s all-day exercise explored [...]

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Prepare Fruits Safely to Avoid Foodborne Diseases

By | July 19th, 2017|Preparedness|

Summer is here, and that means a new set of seasonal fruit to enjoy. Summertime also means an increased risk for foodborne illnesses, as bacteria multiply faster in warmer temperatures. The last thing you want on a vacation, road trip, or at a backyard barbecue are sick kids. Thankfully, washing fruits thoroughly can keep them [...]

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Keeping the Public Healthy Through Safe Food Practices

By | April 7th, 2017|Preparedness|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  Our Epidemiology and Disease Control team plays a huge role in monitoring food safety and tracking the spread of [...]

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Anatomy of a Foodborne Disease Outbreak Investigation

By | February 2nd, 2017|Preparedness|

Public health is always hard at work identifying and solving outbreaks. In the case of foodborne diseases, public health epidemiologists, nurses, and lab scientists are teaming up at local, state and federal levels to find out what food made people sick. When two or more people with the same foodborne disease get sick from the [...]

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Food Safety Education Month: SEPARATE

By | September 16th, 2016|Preparedness|

There are four keys to food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. Last week, we talked all about the ways cleaning can prevent foodborne illness. This week, we’ll talk more about the second key: SEPARATE. A major source of foodborne illness is cross-contamination. This can occur when pathogens (illness-causing bacteria, viruses, or parasites) are transferred from [...]