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Twenty years ago, this outbreak may have been hidden. “It’s unlikely we would have detected this outbreak, because the test that doctors use to diagnose cyclospora wasn’t even approved by the FDA until May of 2014,” Shah told us.

Back then, Arteaga and others may have chalked up their sicknesses to a stomach bug and moved on. Earlier tests for cyclospora were more complicated and less reliable. And testing for cyclospora wasn’t automatic a clinician had to suspect the parasite and specifically request testing for it. What’s more, goose outlet canada older testing methods required visual canada goose outlet usa inspection of a stool sample, and sometimes multiple stool specimens, to find the parasite.

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“There were only 10 individuals that were ever linked to the outbreak. The first one became ill in 2010 and the last one [became ill] in 2015,” explains Dudley.

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Whole genome sequencing allows scientists to produce high resolution DNA fingerprints of the organisms under investigation.

“The advantage of whole genome sequencing is that it gives us a lot more information when we’re trying to tell whether an organism we isolate from a food is the same exact [organism] that we isolate from the individuals who became ill,” says Dudley. In outbreaks, scientists are looking for a direct match.

Older technology gives only a few dozen data points, Dudley says. “Whereas whole genome sequencing is giving us 4 to 5 million pieces of data” to make the match.

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“There’s really no evidence that our food supply is more unsafe than it has been in the past,” Dudley told us.

This view is echoed by Nirav Shah. “Our food system today is probably the safest it’s even been in history of the United States,” he told us.

Canada Goose Outlet FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has weighed in as well. In a statement last June he wrote, canada goose factory outlet “We believe food is safer than perhaps ever before.” He went on: canada goose outlet in canada “What’s happening is that our ability to identify outbreaks has dramatically improved due to new information technologies and laboratory techniques.” Canada Goose Outlet

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