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Superman and Physician, a.k.a., Oklahoma Senator Coburn, to the Rescue

0128_superman_485x340.jpgScreen shot 2010-09-30 at 9.15.28 PM.pngIt was reported today that Mustang Public School officials and the Oklahoma State Department of Health are investigating a Salmonella outbreak among elementary children in Canadian County.  Officials said 10 cases have been confirmed in Mustang (see A) among elementary-aged children.  Health investigators are interviewing parents and children in order to track down the source of the outbreak.

It is great that the Senate adjourned today in time for Senator Coburn (who is also a physician) to rush/fly home to help figure out if this outbreak is foodborne or not.  I am sure that he will come to the conclusion – regardless the cause of the outbreak – that food safety legislation – like S. 510 – would not have stopped it, or, would it have?

  • It is very sad to see that in most cases of food-borne illness, little children are the victims. Of course, there are many rules and regulations to prevent this from happening. But still it happens no matter what. Thanks to Senator Coburn who got into action immediately. I guess we should call him ‘Superdoc’.