WBEZ | food poisoning http://www.wbez.org/tags/food-poisoning-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Agroterrorism: Food poisoning brought to a new level http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/agroterrorism-food-poisoning-brought-new-level-107502 <p><div>Poison expert <strong>Dr. Jerrold Leikin</strong> reveals the history and nature of agroterrorism, or how the human food supply has been used as a weapon to launch a multitude of toxins. Dr. Leikin talks about our vulnerabilities and describes some horrific biological, chemical and radiological food contamination events.He tells of the numerous valiant food employees who have been &ldquo;the first non-clinical professionals to identify and respond to incidences of agroterrorism.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Leikin is currently Director of Medical Toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem-OMEGA and also Associate Director of the Toxicon Consortium based at Cook County Hospital. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Pritzker School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rush Medical College.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Leikin served as co-editor of both the Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook (CRC Press) and the American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care. House. He is currently on staff at seven hospitals, five medical schools and three poison centers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CHC-webstory_45.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recorded live on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Chicago History Museum.</div></p> Sat, 18 May 2013 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/agroterrorism-food-poisoning-brought-new-level-107502 Seven Illinois residents sick from salmonella http://www.wbez.org/story/seven-illinois-residents-sick-salmonella-90015 <p><p>Seven Illinois residents have been sickened by a nationwide outbreak of salmonella that authorities say could be from ground turkey. The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture, to try to nail down the exact source of the contamination.</p><p>Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said it will be a very complicated process.</p><p>"It does take quite a lot of time to do the trace back just because of all the steps -- first of all recognizing that there is one particular type of strain of salmonella out there and then trying to make that link -- there are so many different steps and so many interviews that need to occur that it does take time," Arnold said.</p><p>According to Arnold, until a source is identified, Illinois residents can still buy ground turkey. Arnold recommends residents prepare and handle the meat safely, cooking the turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as people take the right precautions, she said, they should be fine.</p><p>Across the country, a total of 77 people have been affected by the strain, leading to one death. In Illinois the first case was reported to the state department of health in March, and the most recent case was reported June 29.</p><p>The USDA has yet to recall any turkey products in relation to the outbreak.&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/seven-illinois-residents-sick-salmonella-90015