August 31, 2015

Legionnaires at Quincy Illinois Veterans Home Sickens 23

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A Legionnaires Disease outbreak has sickened at least 23 people at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working with the Adams County Health Department to identify the source of the outbreak. Test results for other residents are pending. “Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the residents remains our highest priority.  We will work with local, regional, and state partners to find and eliminate any potential source … [Read more...]

Timeline of Bronx Opera House Hotel Legionnaires’ Outbreak

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The Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx, New York City, has been identified as the source of the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak that has sickened 124 people and killed 12. The New York City Health Department has put out a map showing the affected areas where the outbreak pattern was found. Many of the patients live within a short distance of that hotel. All patient results match the outbreak pattern. The outbreak timeline is telling. The investigation began on July 20, 2015 with reports of people sickened with this pneumonia-like illness. From July 21 through the 27, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) investigated the outbreak, and started sampling cooling towers in the area on July 28. On July 29, 2015, the Opera House Hotel tested positive for … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen, Raw Tuna Ends

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A Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, raw tuna used for sushi and other dishes has ended after sickening 65 people in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eleven people were hospitalized. Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Health officials linked the outbreak frozen yellowfin tuna produced by Osamu Corporation at a processing plant in Indonesia. The company issued two recalls one on July 20, the other on July 21. Most of those who became ill reported eating sushi made with raw tuna in the week prior. One person who … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 476 in 29 States

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At least 476 people in 29 states have parasitic infections from food contaminated with Cyclospora, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the infections have been linked to cilantro imported from Mexico. And some have been linked food served at restaurants. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can last up to two months and include explosive diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can also last more than 60 days. About 60 percent of  the illnesses ave occurred since May 1. Texas has been hardest hit with at least 243 cases. Some of them were linked to food served at … [Read more...]

Pork Tainted With Multi-drug Resistant Salmonella Sickens 134 in Washington

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Multi-drug resistant Salmonella in whole pork used for pork roasts has sickened at least  134 people in Washington, according to  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixteen people have been hospitalized. All patient cultures of the the outbreak strain Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- i were resistant to multiple drugs used to treat bacterial infections. Health officials, using epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings, have linked the outbreak to pork produced by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. On August 13, the company recalled approximately 116,262 pounds of whole pigs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Those sickened reported onset of illness dates from April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015. They range in age from 1 to 90, with a median age of … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 457 in 29 States

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At least 457 in 29 states have contracted parasitic infections from eating food contaminated with Cyclospora, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixteen people have been hospitalized. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can last up to two months and include explosive diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can also last more than 60 days. About 60 percent of those sickened, 275  people, reported feeling onset of symptoms on or after May 1, 2015. Of those case, the breakdown by state is as follows: Arkansas (2), California (2), Connecticut (3), Florida (11), Georgia (22), Illinois (6), Iowa (1), … [Read more...]

Boise Co-op Violates Safety Regulations after Salmonella Outbreak

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The Central District Health Department in Boise, Idaho has found three critical violations at the Boise Co-op, which was the site of a large Salmonella outbreak earlier this summer. The inspection was conducted on July 24, 2015. The violations were corrected while the inspector was still at the facility. The violations included meat in the deli's walk-in coolers that are undated or past their expiration date. Temperatures that were too warm were discovered in the deli salad bar. Several salads, including chopped chicken, caprese salad, and pasta with chicken were held at incorrect temperatures. And in the produce department, employees were using a multi-surface cleaner that was not approved for use on food contact surfaces. Ben Kuzma, Boise Co-op general manager said that the violations … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 384, Wisconsin, Texas and Georgia Hard Hit

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At least 384 people in 26 states have been sickened with parasitic infections from food contaminated with Cyclospora. Some of the infections in Wisconsin, Georgia and Texas have been linked to restaurant food. And many infections in Texas and Wisconsin have been linked to cilantro imported from Mexico. Symptoms of a Cyclospora infection, called cyclosporiasis, can last up to two months and include explosive diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can also last more than 60 days. About 59 percent of the illnesses have occurred since May 1, 2015. Health investigators are working to determine the source of all of the cases. Consumers should be careful … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Sickens 358 in 26 States, Restaurant Clusters in GA, TX, WI

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At least 358 people in 26 states have parasitic infections from food contaminated with Cyclospora, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clusters of illness related to restaurant food have been identified in Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin. Health officials have not released the names of those restaurants. Cyclospora causes an infection called cyclosporiasis which causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months.  Other cyclosporiasis symptoms, which can also last more than 60 days, include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other flu-like symptoms. About 56 percent of the illnesses have occurred since May 1, 2015. Cilantro imported from the … [Read more...]

Barber Chicken Entree Salmonella Outbreak Expands to 4 States

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The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber frozen chicken entrees has expanded to four states sickening nine people and hospitalizing three of them. Six cases have been reported in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma have each reported one case. A lawsuit has been filed of behalf of a man from Lake Elmo, Minnesota who became ill after eating eating a contaminated Chicken Kiev entree they purchased from a Sam's Club store. The man developed severe gastroenteritis soon after eating the product with Salmonella symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills and headache. His symptoms, which persisted for several weeks, led doctors to test him for a bacterial infection. The result was a Salmonella strain genetically matched to the outbreak strain. “This is not the … [Read more...]

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