Safer Foods Save Lives: You Can Play a Role

By | November 26th, 2015|General, Preparedness|

There has been on average 24 multistate outbreaks reported each year since 2010, each involving two to 37 states. In Arizona, just in the last few months, we have helped investigate several notable multistate outbreaks including: Salmonella associated with cucumbers, raw ground tuna and a truffle and mushroom product. Teamwork is crucial to a rapid [...]

Our Disease Detectives are at it Again

By | September 4th, 2015|General|

Our epidemiologists and food safety specialists have been hard at work, alongside partners at the county health departments, CDC, and FDA to investigate a large national Salmonella outbreak. As of today, a total of 66 cases of Salmonella Poona have been reported in 6 counties in Arizona. Many of these cases (75%) are in children [...]

Training Arizona on Infectious Diseases

By | August 6th, 2015|Preparedness|

Last month we wrapped up our 6th annual Arizona Infectious Disease Training and Exercise (AZID), a three-day event with more than 400 attendees learning about various infectious disease topics. This year’s event embraced the One Health theme, which recognizes the connection of human health with the health of animals and the environment. The event kicked [...]

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Summertime is Salmonella Season in AZ

By | July 2nd, 2014|General|

Usually when you hear about Salmonella, you think about food poisoning.. but salmonellosis is also a zoonotic disease - one spread between animals and humans. Salmonella (which gets its name from the Daniel Salmon head of the USDA in 1885) is a bacteria that causes fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps, usually within 3 days of eating or [...]

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Easter Chicks & Ducklings

By | April 19th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Guest blog by:  Craig Levy, Program Manager for Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases Easter is just around the corner, and a lot of parents will be tempted to purchase cute little chicks or ducklings for their kids. Unfortunately, chicks and ducklings are common carriers of Salmonella bacteria and pose an infection risk to families.  At greater [...]

AZ Public Health Laboratory Capacity

By | December 21st, 2010|Preparedness|

A few years ago it became pretty clear that we were facing some budget reductions.  At the time, we had no idea that our budget reductions would be as extensive as they turned out to be.  However, we did know that if we were going to maintain our laboratory capacity to protect the folks of [...]

How Do You Take Your Eggs?

By | August 27th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

Cooked all the way through, I hope. I’m certain that you heard about the national egg recall this month.  I’ll try to put it in perspective.  Epidemiologists across the country and at the CDC found a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella that has made a few hundred people sick.  The investigation found that people that ate [...]