Health Watch -- Food-Borne Illness: Preventing Infection

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about food-borne illnesses and how you can prevent them by storing, cleaning and cooking foods properly. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have been working on other ways to prevent infections from contaminated foods.

They've discovered that a drug used to treat high blood pressure may keep E coli and other bacteria from infecting cells in the intestine and causing illness that can sometimes be fatal. Dr. Vanessa Sperandio, the UT Southwestern microbiologist who led the study, says this finding is particularly important because so many bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics that new treatments are necessary.

But these treatments are not yet available, so one way to prevent food poisoning is by following good food safety practices.



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July 2006

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