September 17, 2014

Kentucky E.coli Outbreak Sickens 6 Children

Six children are part of an E. coli outbreak in KY

An E.coli outbreak in Kentucky has sickened six children,  four of whom are hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a spokeswoman for the state department for public health said today. The children range in age from 18 months to 6 years old, said Gwenda Bond, Assistant Communications Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cases include a pair of siblings and two other children from Hardin County, one child from Oldham County and one child from Boone County. A case from Nelson county was also recently reported but is not believed to be part of the outbreak. The newly reported Boone County case patient is not hospitalized and does have HUS, the life-threatening complication  of some E.coli infections that can cause kidney failure, stroke, … [Read more...]

Is Watermelon Suspect in OR, KY Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Cases?

Is watermelon a suspect in hemolytic uremic syndrome cases

Is watermelon on the list of suspected food sources health officials are considering in E. coli outbreaks that have sickened children in Oregon and Kentucky?  To solve outbreaks, investigators look for common exposures. Watermelon is one thing  children in both states ate before they became ill, Food Poisoning Bulletin has learned. Health officials in both states say they do not yet know the source of the outbreaks and have not stated whether the cases are linked. But one common exposure is watermelon. The three Oregon children recently diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) from E. coli infections all spent time near the same river and ate watermelon they bought from a Walmart store before they became ill, according to one of the mothers. All three of those children were … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Sickens Children in Oregon, Kentucky and Minnesota

Is watermelon or petting zoo the source of E. coli HUS clusters in OR and KY

E. coli HUS clusters targeting children have popped up in Oregon, Kentucky and Minnesota over the last month.  A  traveling petting zoo was found to be the source of an August E.coli outbreak in Minnesota that hospitalized three children and sickened 10 other people. Two of those hospitalized had HUS, or hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening complication of E. coli infections that causes kidney failure, seizure, stoke and coma. Earlier this month,  three children in Oregon and one in Washington were hospitalized with HUS. Health officials believe two of the cases are linked but have not pinpointed the source. The families of Brad Sutton, 5, and Serena Profitt, 4, spent time together before the children got sick. Brad remains hospitalized and has been receiving dialysis … [Read more...]

Tomatoes Sold at Coscto, Safeway Recalled for Salmonella

Salmonella prompts recall of tomatoes sold at Costco, Safeway

Taylor Farms is recalling  Expo Fresh Roma tomatoes for possible Salmonella. The tomatoes were sold at  Costco stores in: Los Angeles and Hawthorne, California;  Tacoma and Lynwood stores in Washington, and Las Vegas.  Only tomatoes packed on Sept. 5 or Sept. 6 are affected by the recall. The recalled tomatoes were also included in Sicilian Vegetable Salad served at deli counters at Safeway, Vons and Pavilions grocery stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. The salad kits had use-by dates of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. The problem was discovered during routine testing. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.   … [Read more...]

Maggots in School Lunches in KY and TN


High school students in Kentucky and Tennessee found maggots in their school lunches this week. A student at Overton High School in Tennessee made an Instagram video of the maggot wiggling around on the plate, WMC Action News 5 reported. Other students also reported finding maggots in their food. Shelby County Schools sent a statement to the station that read; "It has been reported on some news outlets that multiple students are now claiming to have found maggots in their lunches this week at Overton High School. It is true that we have confirmation of one student finding an insect in a single meal. This is certainly regrettable; however, we do want to be very clear that there have been no maggots found in any meals this week. The temperatures at which our food is prepared and served … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes 3 Children in Hardin County, KY

Three Hardin Cty children have HUS

Three Hardin County, Ky. children are among a group of five who have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication of E.coli infections that causes kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. The children, who range in age from 18 months to 10 years old, are part of an outbreak that also includes one child from Nelson County and another from Oldham. Hardin and Nelson counties are in the central part of the state. Oldham is northeast of Louisville on the state's border with Indiana. Health authorities have not yet identified a source of the outbreak or determined if the cases may be linked to recent cases in Oregon and Washington. Three Oregon children with E. coli infections were hospitalized with HUS at the beginning of this month. Aubrie … [Read more...]

Claude’s Beef Jerky Recalled for Undeclared Wheat, Fish


Jerky By Art of Albuquerque, N.M. is recalling an undetermined amount of beef jerky products because they were produced without the benefit of inspection and contain the undeclared allergens wheat and anchovies. There have been no reports of illness associated with this product. The recalled products were sold in vacuum-packed plastic bags labeled Claude’s Beef Jerky with Red Chile. The establishment number “EST. 34270”  appears inside the USDA Mark of Inspection, were. Most of the products were sold through online sales. The problem was discovered during an ongoing investigation into the establishment. Anyone  with health concerns about a reaction to this product should contact a healthcare provider.   … [Read more...]

British Pantry Sausages Recalled for Undeclared Milk


Interbay Food Company of Woodinville, Wash., is recalling approximately 4,820 pounds banger-style pork sausage products because they contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Consumers with a milk allergy should not eat these products. The recalled products include: 1-lb. refrigerated packages (5 links per package)  of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers; 1-lb.refrigerated packages 16 links per package of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers and 5-lb. Logs of  The British Pantry Ltd., British Style Bangers. The products were cooked in a Redmond, Wash., restaurant and sold to the general public. The products contain bread crumbs that came from a vendor who listed wheat, soy and milk on the label, but the label for the bangers does not list milk as an … [Read more...]

Diaper Full of Blood, E.coli HUS Strikes 3rd Child in Oregon

Is watermelon or petting zoo the source of E. coli HUS clusters in OR and KY

Aubrie Utter, 3, is the third Oregon child to be diagnosed wit E.coli HUS kidney failure since the end of August, KATU-TV reports. Aubrie's  parents think the cases may be related, all three children spent time near the South Santiam River and all three ate watermelon they bought from a Walmart in Lebanon before they got sick. Aubrie celebrated her birthday at Waterloo Park on August 23.  They used a park tap to wash hands and another to fill water balloons. Later that night, Aubrie woke up with a stomachache and diarrhea. They brought her to a clinic, and just like Serena Profitt's family, they were told it was a virus and sent home. Aubrie got worse. Katie Hendricks said when she opened her daughter's diaper and found it full of blood, they brought Aubrie back to the clinic and … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes 5 Children in Kentucky

E. coli HUS 5 Sick in KY

Five Kentucky children have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that develops in some young children with E. coli infections, according to the Courier-Journal. The children, who are from three counties, are all being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. The state health department is investigating the cluster of illnesses, but has not yet determined the source. Kidney failure, seizure and stroke are all possible complications of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a condition that develops in about 15 percent of pediatric E. coli infections. Children under 10 are at most at risk for HUS because their immune systems have not fully developed. Blood transfusion or dialysis is sometimes used to treat patients with HUS including Brad Sutton, … [Read more...]

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