Federal and state health officials have been investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections linked to salad mixes distributed to McDonald’s by the Fresh Express since mid July.
The latest numbers from the CDC put the parasite outbreak total to over 500 cases from 16 states. Fresh Express pulled the salad mix during the last week of July from McDonald’s.
Last month, John P. Olivo, President, Fresh Express, announced the formation of a Fresh Express Blue-Ribbon Panel to study the Cyclospora parasite.
The appointed chair of this panel is University of Minnesota Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH.
And he is my guest today.
In addition, I get Dr Osterholm’s thoughts on a recent New York Times article about China withholding H7N9 avian flu samples.
- Measles, global surveillance and the work of BlueDot
- Monkeypox: Q&A with Dr Warren Andiman
- Totalitarian governments spawn infectious disease outbreaks that place other countries at risk
- Bioterrorism, antibiotic resistance and pandemic flu: Discussing ‘Deadliest Enemy’
- The flu pandemic clock is ticking: Are we ready?
- H7N9 avian influenza in China: Should we be worried?
- Saudi Arabia, the Hajj and the challenges in the prevention and control of infectious diseases
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and the importance of timely treatment with doxycycline
- Brucella RB51, pasteurization and the risks of consuming raw milk
Intro music: “Rapture” by Ross Bugden