Today’s Headlines: Obesity, MERS False Alarm and Salmonella

30% of world population is now obese: A new study shows that 2.1 billion people of the world’s population are either overweight or obese. “The prevalence of overweight and obesity rose by 27.5% for adults and 47.1% for children between 1980 and 2013, according to the study, led by researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and published Thursday in the journal the Lancet. In 1980, 857 million people were overweight or obese.” (WSJ)

Illinois case of MERS was misdiagnosis: The CDC has released a statement that says the man in Illinois who was said to have MERS was actually a misdiagnosis. “A more sensitive blood test came back negative for Middle East respiratory syndrome in the man who was originally thought to have been infected by the first U.S. MERS case, an Indiana health worker who contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.” (NBC)

Salmonella outbreak continues: Over a year after it began, the California outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella tied to tainted Foster Farms chicken continues. “The Agriculture Department says it is closely monitoring Foster Farms facilities and that measured rates of salmonella in the company’s products have been going down. The department threatened to shut down Foster Farms’ facilities last year but let them stay open after the company said it had made immediate changes to reduce salmonella rates.” (ABC)