Friday, May 2, 2014

MOVE OVER, MUKTUK:  Because the CDC has a new enemy in the war against gastrointestinal distress—"Tough Mudder" competitions. "Inadvertent ingestion of muddy surface water contaminated with cattle or swine feces during a long-distance obstacle adventure course competition likely resulted in an outbreak of campylobacteriosis in 22 participants.... These events typically are held in rural areas and often include man-made slurry fields (a mixture of soil or clay and water) as race 'challenges.' In areas commonly frequented by animals, topsoil used in the creation of slurry fields can be contaminated with feces from domestic fowl or ruminants or wild animals. Competitors who run or ride through such areas might unintentionally swallow sufficient numbers of organisms to cause clinical disease."

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