Food Poisoning

December 11, 2012 - 3:33 AM
This undated image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Salmonella bacteria in a petri dish. It's about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning _ but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation's ability to spot and solve dangerous outbreaks. Next-generation tests that promise to shave a few days off the time needed to tell if E. coli, salmonella or other foodborne bacteria are to blame for a patient's illness could reach medical laboratories as early as next year.(AP Photo/CDC)