You (or more likely your child) might get Salmonella as well as fresh eggs: The Centers for Disease Control and multiple states are investigating 10 separate multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections in people who had contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. Since CDC last published an update on its website on July 13, 172 more ill people had been reported in the two weeks before July 31. The reported illnesses started on Jan. 4, and since that time 961 people in 48 states and the District of Columbia have come down with Salmonellosis traced to backyard flocks, with a third of the victims being preschool children. So far more than 200 people have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory findings link the 10 outbreaks to contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, from multiple hatcheries. In interviews, 498 (74%) of 672 ill people reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illnesses started. Live poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and can cause salmonellosis, which is characterized by diarrhea, fever, chills, and abdominal pain. Illnesses have occurred in every state but Alaska and Delaware, with Virginia (56) and California (54) with the most people getting sick. CDC investigators expect more victims. READ MORE

And from papayas, too: The Salmonella outbreak traced to whole, fresh papayas from a farm in Southern Mexico continues to spread, with a 25 percent increase in victims in the past week. Two more states are reporting confirmed illnesses in the outbreak, Missouri and Tennessee, bringing the total to 21 states involved with 173 victims, including one in New York who has died. READ MORE

Egg scandal spreads to products containing liquid eggs: A probe into the contamination of Dutch and Belgian eggs with the insecticide fipronil has spread to liquid eggs used in other products, manufacturers have been warned. While the contamination poses no threat to human health, the products are being recalled because fipronil is banned for use in food-producing animals. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Could it happen to you? When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. Someone had hacked into company systems and planted a virus that monitored all emails to and from the finance department. When one of the firm’s fuel suppliers sent an email asking for payment, the virus changed the text of the message before it was read, adding a different bank account number. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Water coolers suspected in massive norovirus outbreak: High levels of two norovirus genotypes were detected in office water coolers associated with an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness last year in the province of Catalonia, Spain. The outbreak, which sickened more than 4,000 people, appears to be associated with bottled spring water used in the water coolers. Evidence points toward sewage pollution of the spring aquifer, investigators said. Researchers noted that companies generally test only for bacterial pathogens. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

The problem with chlorine gas: In the early hours of [Fri 18 Aug 2017], 17 people, including five children, were taken ill after chlorine gas leakage from a cylinder at a waterworks unit  in Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Police threw the leaking cylinder into the water to neutralise it. People living in the waterworks area including children, mostly sleeping at that hour, were rushed to different hospitals in the city after they complained of difficulty in breathing. READ MORE