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CDC says steer clear of turtles; FDA names first Human Foods Program head; Upcoming Lyme disease vaccine for humans

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CDC says steer clear of turtles

Public health officials are investigating a 26-state outbreak of salmonella they believe is linked to small turtles. Pet turtles of any size can carry salmonella in their droppings, but fully grown turtles with less than 4-inch shells are known vectors. So far there have been nine hospitalizations from the outbreak, but no deaths.

FDA names first Human Foods Program head

The Food and Drug Administration announced James “Jim” Jones as their first ever deputy commissioner of human foods following last years’ baby formula shortage caused by contamination. Jones will start his role on Sept. 24 and oversee food safety, chemical safety, and nutrition.

Upcoming Lyme disease vaccine for humans

Lyme disease vaccines are no longer just for the dogs. The surge of Lyme disease in recent years has prompted scientists to develop another vaccine for Lyme disease. This vaccine, unlike its late '90s predecessor Lymerix, will target 6 strains of bacteria instead if just one. The vaccine will also be safe for children. Phase III trials are set to wrap up in 2025.

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