An article in the September 27, 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association included an article entitled, "Emergence of a new Vibrio parahaemolyticus serotype in raw oysters. A prevention quandary" has the FDA and the CDC crying "foul." This article reported on a 1998 outbreak of acute gastroenteritis in the United States caused by oysters that contained the bacteria V. parahaemolyticus. The article did not provide information about subsequent actions taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) to help prevent outbreaks of V. parahaemolyticus associated with consumption of raw oysters.
As food-borne illnesses become more frequent and deadly, Vidyya will attempt to provide you with the information you need. General information regarding V. parahaemolyticus, the subject of the JAMA article, appears in today's issue.
In other news, yesterday, public health officials announced that flu vaccine supplies should be approximately what was distributed last year; however, they also noted a substantial amount of vaccine will reach providers later
than usual. In June, influenza vaccine manufacturers told federal public health officials to expect delays in flu vaccine shipments this flu season and possible shortages. The first public health priority is to help ensure high risk persons who choose to be vaccinated can obtain vaccine to help prevent the flu and complications related to influenza illness. Recommendations on which populations should receive their vaccinations first appears in this issue.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health reported in the September 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that the younger people are when they begin drinking the more likely they are to be injured later in life when under the influence of alcohol. Those who start drinking before age 14 are 12 times more likely to be injured than those who begin drinking at or after age 21. This may be an important finding to report to adolescent patients.
And finally, to screen for breast cancer yearly or triennially? That is the question. Researchers in the UK believe they've found the answer. You can find the answer too, in today's issue.
The articles in today's Vidyya are:
As always, we hope you enjoy the issue.