More than 500 fell ill between September 2008 and January 2009, and as many as eight have died, thanks to contaminated peanut butter. Here's how salmonella got into our food supply during this and past outbreaks, and how we might keep it out in the future
Salmonella feast on a sulfur compound that is one of the by-products of our immune response to their presence. Christopher Intagliata reports
Fucose may help Salmonella defeat the gut’s natural microbiota
The bacterium that sickened more than 400 across the U.S. and killed three is resistant to many sterilization techniques
New study links rainfall with increased risk of salmonella poisoning
An invention by physicists could make testing for bacteria as simple as slapping a sticker on food and waving a handheld scanner. Wayt Gibbs reports
Backyard flocks blamed for number of salmonella outbreaks
When we get infected by salmonella, it usually comes from things like undercooked meat or contaminated eggs. Sometimes, it comes from sharing germs with Komodo dragons, as some Colorado children found out in 1996.
The company whose salmonella-tainted peanut products made 691 people sick and may have killed nine others has been fined $14.6 million.
The Texas Department of State Health Services yesterday fined Plainview Peanut Corp.
In the wake of the deadly salmonella outbreak, a look at technologies being developed in the lab to protect us against future eruptions
Some 388 people have been sickened in a new, nationwide outbreak of the bacterial illness salmonella. The source of the infection, which is typically spread through consumption of contaminated food, is unknown.
The deaths of two more people may be linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that began in contaminated peanut butter.
Authorities in Idaho and Minnesota yesterday reported the deaths, bringing the total to five, according to the Associated Press.
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin reports
DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.
From the point of view of an intracellular bacteria, the human body really is no more than just a habitat in which they must grow and thrive. While this particular habitat might have stable internal conditions, and less competition than the big open world, it has its disadvantages in continuous attacks from the immune system, and the lack of usable nutrients.
Top brass at Peanut Corp. of America (PCA), whose contaminated peanut products are blamed for sickening 600 people and possibly killing eight others since September, refused to testify today at a congressional hearing.
As antibiotic resistance increases the search for new anti-bacterial treatments becomes more and more important. One way to design anti-bacterials is to find specific biochemical pathways that the bacteria require to survive, and develop drugs that block off these pathways.
The Food and Drug Administration this week gave the all-clear to tomatoes but warned that some varieties of hot peppers were still suspect in a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 1,200 people in some 40 states and Canada.
You wouldn’t think peanut butter could have such long-lasting, ill effects, but the company whose peanut products caused a nationwide outbreak of salmonella infections is now recalling everything it has manufactured at its contaminated Blakely, Ga., plant since January 1, 2007.
The source of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened 399 people in 42 states since September may be peanut butter, Minnesota health officials said Friday.