March 1, 2015

Dalhart X10 Steakhouse Salmonella Cases Double, 59 Now Sick


Salmonella has sickened 59 people in Dalhart, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the panhandle. At least 52 of those cases have been linked to the X10 in Texas Woodfire Grill Steakhouse. The total number of cases has doubled since the outbreak was announced one week ago. The popular restaurant, located about 90 miles northwest of Amarillo, voluntarily closed for a cleaning after the initial 30 cases were reported and was cleared by the health department to reopen. Health authorities say no new cases occurred after the cleaning.Health authorities are still investigating the outbreak and  trying to determine its source. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at X10 Woodfire Steakhouse in TX


According to Carrie Williams, Director of Media Relations at the Texas Department of State Health Services, at least 30 people are sick with Salmonella infections in connection with the X10 Woodfire Steakhouse Restaurant in Dalhart. The restaurant closed voluntarily the week of February 9, 2015 and was sanitized. It has since been cleared for reopening. Anyone who ate at that restaurant and experienced the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pains, and blood in the stool, should contact their doctor. Long term complications of a Salmonella infection, even after recovery, can be severe, including reactive arthritis. Ask for a stool sample test that should be examined for Salmonella. Attorney Fred … [Read more...]

CDC Study: Increase in Raw Milk Food Poisoning Outbreaks

Milking cows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new study in Emerging Infectious Diseases stating that the number of food poisoning outbreaks in the United States caused by raw (unpasteurized) milk increased from 30 in 2007 - 2009 to 51 in 2010 - 2012. Most of the outbreaks were caused by Campylobacter bacteria, and most occurred in states where the sale of raw milk is legal. Most worryingly, this increase in outbreaks happened at the same time there was a decline in the number of states where raw milk sales are legal, from 28 in 2004 to 20 in 2011. A food poisoning outbreak is defined as two or more cases of a similar illness resulting from eating a common food. The outbreaks caused by raw milk resulted in 979 illness and 73 hospitalizations. The bacteria responsible … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

Caramel Apple Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples made from Bidart Brothers apples. The outbreak appears to be over, but the recalled products may still be in consumers' homes. Even if you froze these products, discard them, since Listeria can grow at freezer temperatures. In all, 35 people in 12 states were sickened in this outbreak. There were seven deaths and 34 hospitalizations. Listeriosis contributed to at least three of the seven deaths. Eleven illnesses were pregnancy-related; one illness resulted in a fetal loss. Three children developed Listeria meningitis, a serious complication of this infection. In addition, two people in Canada were sickened … [Read more...]

Employee at Passaic Schools in New Jersey Has Hepatitis A

School Cafeteria

A high school cafeteria employee in the Passaic, New Jersey schools has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a letter sent to parents by the Passaic New Jersey Superintendent of Schools. Anyone who bought food from the Passaic High School teacher's cafeteria between January 15 and January 30, 2015 may have been exposed to the virus. The High School has been thoroughly cleaned to disinfect the building. Hepatitis A is a virus that causes injury to the liver. The virus is shed in the feces of the infected person. When a person with the virus doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom, the feces and virus can get into food or drink they have prepared. When someone else eats or drinks those products, they can get sick; this is called the "fecal-oral" transmission. Direct … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak, Apple Recall Prompts Texas Warning


An apple recall linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak has prompted a warning from Texas health officials. Consumers should not eat Gala or Granny Smith apples produced by Bidart Brothers or eat pre-packaged caramel apples, the Texas health department said in a news update yesterday. Apples produced by Bidart Brothers, some of which were sold under the brand names Big B or Granny's Best, have been linked to an 11-state outbreak that has sickened 32 people, killing seven of them. In Texas, four people have been sickened by the apples. All four had pre-existing medical conditions and required hospitalization for their Listeria infections. Two of them died. The Texas health department is advising anyone who thinks they may have become ill with listeriosis to contact a health care provider … [Read more...]

Paris Researchers Find Placental Breach Mechanism for Listeria


As the deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks linked to recalled caramel apples made from Bidart brothers apples, and to Queseria Bendita cheese point out, pregnant women are very susceptible to these bacterial infections. In the caramel apple outbreak, ten pregnant women were sickened; one woman suffered a fetal loss. In the Queseria Bendita cheese outbreak, one infection was associated with a pregnancy. Scientists believe that the bacteria get into the placenta and hide from the mother's immune system, letting them multiple to dangerous levels. But the placental barrier usually acts as a barrier to bacteria. What makes Listeria different? Researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Paris have found that Listeria survives and grows within the intestinal lumen (channels in the … [Read more...]

Queseria Bendita Listeria Soft Cheese Recall Updated

Queseria Bendita Listeria Outbreak Cheese Recall

The recall of Queseria Bendita soft cheeses and sour cream for Listeria monocytogenes contamination has been updated to include ALL best by dates. Previously, all products with best by dates up to 4/16/15 were recalled. There is an outbreak associated with this recall; three people in Washington state were sickened with listeriosis. Two people were hospitalized, and one person died. One illness was associated with a pregnancy. The recalled products are packaged in clear plastic wrappers or plastic tubs, and the best by dates are stamp coded next to a label. The cheeses and sour cream have shelf lives of up to 90 days. The last date of distribution was January 15, 2015. That means consumers probably still have them in their homes. All best by dates are recalled. The recalled … [Read more...]

Wonton Bean Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak Ends

Wonton Foods Bean Sprouts Salmonella Outbreak 12315

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods is over, according to the CDC. A total of 115 people in 12 states were infected with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. Twenty-five percent of ill persons were hospitalized, and there were no deaths. No recall was ever announced for the contaminated product. The number of persons sickened by state is as follows: Connecticut (8), Maine (4), Maryland (6), Massachusetts (36), Montana (1), New Hampshire (6), New York (22), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (18), Rhode Island (7), Vermont (3), and Virginia (1). The person in Montana traveled to the eastern U.S. during the time when exposure likely occurred. Illness onset dates ranged from September 30, 2014 to December 15, 2014. The age range for ill persons was … [Read more...]

Queseria Bendita Cheese Listeria Outbreak Highlights Past Recalls


The current outbreak of listeriosis linked to recalled Queseria Bendita soft cheeses is a reminder that these types of foods have often been recalled for Listeria monocytogenes contamination in the past. In the current outbreak, three people in Washington state have been sickened and one person has died. Over the past three years, there have been at least 25 recalls of soft cheese for Listeria monocytogenes in the U.S. and 9 recalls in Canada for the same reason. And there have been recalls of hard cheeses for Listeria too. Cheese is particularly vulnerable to Listeria contamination for a few reasons. Any cheese, whether hard or soft, made with raw or unpasteurized milk has a much higher risk of contamination, since Listeria bacteria are present in the farm environment. In fact, … [Read more...]

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