As National Influenza Vaccination Week hits this week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced we are in for a worse than average flu season.
Not only is flu season expected to hit earlier - actually the earliest it has hit in more than a decade – but this year’s particular strain (H3N2) is known to be tougher on our immune systems, too.
State and local health officials continue to investigate measles cases in central Indiana. To date, 13 confirmed cases have been identified, all within Hamilton and Boone counties. All cases have occurred in unvaccinated individuals or individuals with unknown vaccination status. As of February 17, 2012, no cases have been reported in Indiana University students.
Assistant Professor Harold Olivey, PhD, at IU Northwest is collaborating with a local school and the Indiana University Biosafety staff to send E.coli to the International Space Station.
The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov.
The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, is as follows:
Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 10.2-ounce boxes of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks as a precaution due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire. This product was distributed within the state of Indiana.
The affected product is marked with a yellow 20% More! banner across the top of the package and has the following codes on the top package flap:
W07*1781 Sell by 11/20/2011
According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation (Springdale, Arkansas) is recalling approximately 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.
With temperatures predicted to reach into the mid to upper 90's this week with high humidity, it is essential that we are all pro-active in our approach to preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Below are suggestions from the Indiana State Board of Health for staying cool in hot weather, as well as links to further information These provided excellent guidance on the prevention of heat injuries.
(Photo taken by Jami Bennett-Hamman)
The University Office of Environmental Health and Safety had a team-building day at Bradford Woods, May 6, 2011. Director Mike Jenson had to prove that he was their "fearless" leader by jumping from the tower first. And he says he was perfectly Ok up there, until he heard the people holding his safety ropes asking what sort of raise they could expect in the next fiscal year!
Here is a video (taken by Randy Evans), if you want to see more:
Bloomington: May 12 and 13 Institutional Days; May 14 Public (Memorial Stadium - Purple Lot)
Indianapolis: May 12 and 13 Institutional Days; May 14 Public (Glendale Town Center)
South Bend: May 13 Institutional Day; May 14 Public (Vine and 20th)
E-waste services provided free of charge to the IU and surrounding communities
More food inspections (435) and follow up inspections (84) were conducted in 2010 than any other year in history at Indiana University. Our continued educational and customer service approach have made for a better food protection program. 32 regional campus inspections were conducted in 2010 continuing the streak of at least 30 regional campus inspections since 2007. 150 temporary food inspections were conducted in 2010, the most ever conducted.