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Salad more dangerous than burgers?

ABERDEEN, Scotland, March 24 (UPI) -- It is generally safer to eat a burger than a salad because of the bacteria found on the greens, a British expert on microbiology and food safety said.

E. coli outbreak closes four British farms

LONDON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- E. coli outbreaks linked to petting farms warrant review of guidelines involving children and animals, a British bacteriologist said.

Clostridium difficile deaths on rise

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The bacteria Clostridium difficile is on the rise in Scottish hospitals and killing more people than the H1N1 virus, an infectious disease specialist said.

Women kept in asylum as typhoid carriers

LONDON, July 28 (UPI) -- At least 43 women found to be carriers of typhoid fever had been locked away in a British mental hospital, a BBC investigative team learned.

Contagious cattle disease found in England

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British ranchers were banned from transporting cattle Saturday in an effort to contain an outbreak of the devastating foot-and-mouth disease.

Second wave of mad cow disease possible

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 19 (UPI) -- British scientists recently discovered that the gene responsible for mad cow disease can lie dormant many years, which could create a second wave of disease.

2nd E coli day-care outbreak reported

INSCH, Scotland, May 15 (UPI) -- A second day-care center in Scotland has been hit by an E coli outbreak, but officials said they do not believe the Insch cases are related to those in Fife.

Bird flu could kill 2 million Britons

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- Two million Britons could die in a bird flu pandemic, one of the country's leading scientific authorities warns.

British hospital criticized for hygiene

TUNBRIDGE WELLS, England, June 13 (UPI) -- Hygiene standards at a British hospital have been criticized by a microbiologist who said they are worst he has seen.
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(Thomas) Hugh Pennington FRCPath, FRCP (Edin) FMedSci, FRSE (born 19 April 1938 in Hendon, Middlesex) is emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Outside academia, he is best known as the chair of the Pennington Group enquiry into the Scottish Escherichia coli outbreak of 1996 and as Chairman of the Public Inquiry into the 2005 Outbreak of E. coli O157 in South Wales.

Pennington was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School in Lancashire, England. Pennington obtained his MBBS degree in 1962, and his PhD in 1967, both from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, which became part of United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals in 1982, and has been known as King's College London School of Medicine and Dentistry since 2005.

He spent a year at the University of Wisconsin–Madison before moving to the Glasgow Institute of Virology in 1969, where he researched vaccinia, smallpox and other viruses. He was appointed Chair of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen in 1979, where he remained until his retirement in 2003. His research focused on improved bacteria typing, or "fingerprinting", methods. He was dean of the medical school between 1987 and 1992. Pennington was also awarded a higher doctorate, i.e. Dsc.

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