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Health Highlights: Oct. 17, 2018

Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Chicken Products Rises to 92 in 29 States: CDC Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada Self-Lubricating Condom Might Increase Its Use

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Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw Chicken Rises to 92 in 29 States: CDC

The number of people sickened in a salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products now stands at 92 people in 29 states, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

Of those who have fallen ill, 21 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Test show that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No single supplier of raw chicken products or live chickens has been connected to the outbreak. Evidence to date indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with salmonella, suggesting that it might be widespread in the chicken industry, the CDC said.

The investigation is continuing.

CDC is not advising retailers to stop selling raw chicken or for consumers to avoid eating properly cooked chicken.

Ways to prevent salmonella infection include proper handwashing after handling raw chicken and cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, the CDC said.

Do not wash raw poultry before cooking. Doing so can spread germs in raw chicken to other foods and kitchen surfaces.

Illness typically begins 12 to 72 hours after swallowing salmonella. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe, the CDC said.

The agency suggested seeing a healthcare provider if you're concerned about symptoms such as fever (temperature over 101.5 degrees F), blood in your stool, diarrhea, or frequent vomiting that prevents keeping liquid down.


Recreational Marijuana Now Legal in Canada

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday and while many welcome the move, others have serious concerns.

An editorial published Monday by the Canadian Medical Association Journal called legalization an "uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians," The New York Times reported.

The journal called on the government to promise to change the law if it results in increased marijuana use.

"Legalization of cannabis is the largest public policy shift this country has experienced in the past five decades," said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety in the province of British Columbia, The Times reported.

"It's an octopus with many tentacles, and there are many unknowns. I don't think that when the federal government decided to legalize marijuana, it thought through all of the implications," Farnworth said.

Canada is the second country in the world, after Uruguay, and the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana use. Consumers will be able to buy pre-rolled joints, fresh or dried marijuana, and cannabis oil from government-regulated sellers, The Times reported.

Last year, 4.9 million Canadians used cannabis and consumed more than 20 grams of marijuana per person, according to Statistics Canada.

"The fact that we are moving away from a Prohibition model is a victory for human rights and social justice, an economic windfall for the Canadian economy and a sign of social progress," said Adam Greenblatt, a director at Canopy Growth, a major cannabis producer, The Times reported.


Self-Lubricating Condom Might Increase Its Use

Researchers who developed a self-lubricating condom claim it could make people more likely to use this method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The Boston University team created a water containing-compound that adheres to a condom, which stays dry until it comes in contact with moisture such as water or bodily fluids. The condom then becomes slippery and remains so for a long time, NBC News reported.

The research was published Tuesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

"Maybe this can have a chance to increase condom use and prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases," team leader Mark Grinstaff, a bioengineering professor, told NBC News.

The researchers had 33 people feel the condom -- they weren't allowed to put it to actual use -- and the feedback was generally positive.

"Those individuals who don't regularly use a condom because it is uncomfortable or because they don't like it say they would be likely to use a product like this," Grinstaff said.

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