Oct 17, 2018

CDC is investigating a multi-state salmonella outbreak

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are investigating a multidrug-resistant strain of salmonella infantis that has already led to 21 people being hospitalized and nearly 100 infected people reported in 29 states, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Why it matters: While no deaths have been reported, officials are concerned because the strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics, fueling growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. The CDC is not advising people to stop eating properly prepared chicken, but says this outbreak strain is "present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry."

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Trump on Chinese coronavirus misinformation: "Every country does it"

President Trump brushed aside allegations that China — as well as Russia and Iran — are spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus during a 54-minute call with "Fox & Friends" on Monday, telling the hosts that "every country does it."

Why it matters: Multiple verified Chinese government Twitter accounts have promoted different conspiracy theories, and Chinese foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Zhao Lijian suggested that the virus come from a U.S. military lab, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

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Investment pros are selling while mom and pop buy the coronavirus dip

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As traders around the globe have frantically unloaded positions in recent weeks, so-called mom and pop retail investors have kept level heads and not sold out of stocks.

What they're saying: In fact, "the typical trader is buying equities on the dips," passive investment firm Vanguard notes in a research paper, adding that "older, wealthier traders are moving modestly to fixed income."

Zuckerberg: "Local journalism is incredibly important" to fighting coronavirus

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Mark Zuckerberg, signaling his personal involvement in a new Facebook commitment of $100 million to bolstering local journalism, told me that "very local work" is vital to his big mission of bringing the world closer together.

What he's saying: "Everyone believes that local journalism is incredibly important," Zuckerberg told Axios in a phone interview. "But everyone is connected to their local [outlets]. Figuring out how to make an impact, and support local journalism broadly and at scale, has been a challenge."