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Hazelnut recall issued amid food poisoning scare

Los Angeles-based distributor, DeFranco and Sons is voluntarily recalling bulk and packaged in-shell hazelnuts, as well as mixed nut assortment containing hazelnuts called filberts, amid fears that they may be contaminated with a potentially fatal strain of E. coli.

Officials warn of measles exposure at 3 US airports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a young woman with measles who traveled through three airports in the United States may have passed the highly transmittable virus on to other travelers, flight crews and airport workers.

Salmonella outbreak in 15 states linked to alfalfa sprouts

In yet another case of food contamination linked to salmonella outbreak, 89 people have fallen sick in 15 states including Washington, D.C., the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reported Thursday.

Salmonella found in pet dwarf frogs

Vancouver, British Columbia -- Pet frogs might be cute but they also might make you sick from salmonella, U.S. health officials warn.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say pet African dwarf frogs harboring salmonella have sickened at least 113 people in 31 states, most of them children, between April 2009 and this past March, ScienceNews.org reported.

"This is the first multi-state outbreak of salmonella associated with frogs," says Shauna Mettee, an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta who presented the findings Friday at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Vancouver, Canada.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in some US regions

Are you anticipating a fun-filled summer season? Well hold on. You might have eagerly waited for the seasonal festivals and special summer events, but the waves of mosquitoes out in the open may play spoil spot as some regions in the nation have confirmed traces of West Nile virus in mosquitoes.

E. coli strain kills 1, infects 3 at Washington state health center

Diagnosed with deadly E. coli strain, one child has succumbed to the disease, and three other children are recovering following the outbreak of the disease at the Vancouver, Washington state day care center, according to the health officials.