July 2, 2015

Alabama Links Staph Outbreak at Sunnyside Daycare to Food


Staph bacteria found in food served at Sunnyside Child Care Center is a genetic match to the strain that sickened 86 children, hospitalizing 30 of them, Alabama health officials have announced. Staphylococcus Aureus infections cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy. Chicken, pasta, green beans and apples were positive for the toxin,  State Health Officer Don Williamson told the Montgomery Advertiser.     Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The facility was closed for  several days while the investigation was being conducted but reopened on Monday. … [Read more...]

Salmonella from Live Poultry Linked to Four Outbreaks


Salmonella from live poultry has been linked to four multistate outbreaks. Forty states are affected by the outbreaks which have sickened 181 and hospitalized 33. Most of those sickened reported tending to backyard flocks before becoming ill. The outbreaks have been linked to live poultry from multiple hatcheries sold at 17 different feed supply stores. "Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry.These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a Salmonella infection," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By state the cases reported are as follows: Alabama (17), Arizona (3), Arkansas (4), California (3), Colorado (2), Delaware (2), Georgia (4), Indiana … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota has been linked to raw, frozen, pre-browned, breaded chicken products including Chicken Kiev and Chicken Cordon Bleu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert about the products, but has not released brand names or stores where the products may have been sold. Health officials are investigating two Salmonella illness clusters linked to the items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu" or "chicken Kiev."  The illness onset dates range from May 9, 2015 to June 8, 2015. FSIS is working with Minnesota agriculture and health officials on an investigation of the outbreak.  Information on how many people have been sickened or hospitalized has not been released. It does not appear that a … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Parasite Sickens 90 in 22 Texas Counties

Cyclospora Outbreak

At least 90 people in 22 Texas counties have been food contaminated with the Cyclospora parasite. All but 12 of those illnesses have been reported in the last two weeks. Health officials are not yet sure of the food source. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, it causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  On average,  150 cases are reported nationwide each year, most of them are associated with travel to developing countries. This is the third straight year that Texas has been hit with a cyclosporiasis outbreak. Both previous outbreaks were linked to cilantro imported form the the Puebla region of Mexico. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 84 in Texas

Cyclospora Outbreak

A cyclospora outbreak has sickened 84 people in Texas. The illnesses have been reported from 20 counties. Travis County, which includes the city of Austin, has reported the most cases with 37. Cyclospora is a parasite normally found in tropical or sub-tropical areas. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis.  Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year, most of which are  associated with travel. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms.  Treatment with the antibiotic combination Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX),  sold under the … [Read more...]

BBQ at Tarheel Q Linked to Salmonella Outbreak, 216 Sick

Salmonella Outbreak

A Salmonella Typhimurium strain found in a sample of BBQ from Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC matches a strain found in one of the 216 customers who became sick after eating there, according to the North Carolina Health Department.  At least 12 people have been hospitalized. Residents from 15 North Carolina counties and five other states are involved in the outbreak. But most,  77 percent, are form Davidson and Davie counties in North Carolina. Health authorities say the outbreak was linked to food served at the restaurant, located on Highway 64, after June 6 with about 82 percent of cases occurring between June 16th and June 21st. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms typically last four to seven … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Macadamia Nuts for Salmonella


Whole Foods Market is recalling packaged raw macadamia nuts for possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled nuts were sold at stores in AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, KS, LA, NM, NV, OK, TX, and UT. Customers who have purchased these nuts should not eat them. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In some cases, when Salmonella infections travel to the bloodstream, more severe illnesses such as arterial infections infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis. The recalled product was labeled "Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts" and was packaged in 11 oz. plastic tubs with best-by dates of March 19, 2016 through June 21, 2016 and … [Read more...]

Staphylococcus Aureus Found in Food Served at Sunnyside Child Care Center


Staphylococcus Aureus has been found in food served at two locations of  Sunnyside Child Care Center in Montgomery, AL where 86 children were sickened with food poisoning, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Most of the children were treated and released from local hospitals after experiencing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and lethargy. Tests on samples from the daycare kitchen were negative for Norovirus, but health officials are still waiting for results of Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli tests. Health officials are working with kitchen staff on food safety procedures. The kitchen at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on S. Court Street prepares food for that location and the Sunnyside location on Norman Bridge Road. The kitchen will remain … [Read more...]

Illnesses, Lawsuits Mount in Boise Co-Op Salmonella Outbreak


Illnesses and lawsuits continue to mount in the Salmonella outbreak linked to deli food at the Boise Co Op. At least 280 people were sickened by food they purchased at the co-op between June 1-10. Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of those sickened. All of those who became sick with symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps ate food from the deli. Some of them said they had eaten sandwiches. Health officials have identified turkey, tomato and onions as contaminated food sources. It’s not clear how the food became contaminated, but cross-contamination may have played a role. The deli was temporarily closed after it was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has become one of the largest in Idaho history. Health officials worked with … [Read more...]

Teen Doing Mission Work Among Those Sickened in Tarheel Salmonella Outbreak

Salmonella Outbreak

Seventeen-year-old Parker Allred was on a mission trip in Pennsylvania building houses for those in need when he got salmonellosis from a meal he ate at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC. Allred is among at least 100 others who are part of a Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to the restaurant on Highway 64 in Lexington, NC. "It feels like someone is just twisting your stomach constantly," Allred told wfmy news2.com. "It's like there is a constant pain on a scale from 1 to 10 of about 3, and then it has some times where kicks up to about a 10." Being seven hours from home made it worse, Allred told the news station. "Because you know that somehow or another you are going to have to drive that seven hours back whether you are feeling good or not." Allred said he has … [Read more...]

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