November 20, 2017

FDA Warns Consumers About Brucella in Raw Milk from Udder Milk Co-Op

The FDA is warning consumers who purchased raw milk from Udder Milk Co-Op that they may have been exposed to the RB51 strain of Brucella abortus, a pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious illness. A woman in New Jersey who drank the company's milk has been infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of that bacteria. Anyone who drank or ate Udder Milk raw milk or raw milk products should contact their doctor immediately and get post-exposure prophylaxis antibiotic treatment to avoid infection. Since this bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, any illness caused by these products can be serious. The only way to diagnose people infected with this strain of Brucella is to grow the bacteria through cultures. Most doctors do not test for Brucella when patients present with the … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Lawsuit Initiated Against Damsy Restaurant by Pritzker Hageman

Pritzker Hageman law firm has initiated an E. coli O157:H7 lawsuit against Damsy Restaurant at 405 1st Avenue Southwest in Rochester, Minnesota. The complaint alleges that a child was sickened with a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection after eating at that facility on or about September 14, 2017. This outbreak was discovered when officials from Olmsted County Public Health Services and the Minnesota Department of Health began investigating a cluster of genetically indistinguishable E. coli O157:H7 infections in Rochester, Minnesota in late September 2017. At least eight confirmed cases have been identified in this outbreak, and more cases are suspected. When this outbreak cluster was identified, officials from the Olmsted County Public Health Service inspected the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak in Fremont County, Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health is investigating a gastrointestinal outbreak in Fremont County in the central part of that state. There have been reports of multiple clusters of gastroenteritis in several facilities, including schools and child care centers. This outbreak may be because of Salmonella food poisoning. Most Salmonella outbreaks are eventually linked to contaminated food. Most of the patients have reported experiencing bloody diarrhea that is lasting for at least three days, some vomiting, and fever in this Salmonella outbreak. Those are symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning. Some of those sickened have tested positive for infection with that bacteria. But not all of the ill persons have a Salmonella infection, and some have not been tested. Officials also say that it … [Read more...]

Outbreak at Fager’s Island Shell Shocked Oyster Festival in Maryland

According to news reports, officials at the Maryland Department of Public Health are investigating a "stomach flu" outbreak among people who attended the "Shell Shocked" beer and oyster festival on November 4, 2017. That event was held at Fager's Island Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. The state health department is working with the Worcester County Health Department on this outbreak. There is no information posted about these illnesses on either government website. According to the Baltimore Sun, the restaurant was allowed to hold a similar event on November 11, 2017. At least 145 people were sickened in this outbreak. What is commonly known as the "stomach flu" is almost always food poisoning. No one has been sick enough to need hospitalization. No deaths are linked to this … [Read more...]

FDA Statement About Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Imported Papayas

The multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled imported Maradol papayas is now over, according to the FDA. A total of 251 people were infected with the outbreak strains of outbreak strains of Salmonella Thompson (144), Kiambu (54), Anatum (20), Agona (12), Gaminara (7), Urbana (7), Newport & Infantis (4), and Senftenberg (3), from 25 states. Seventy-nine ill people were hospitalized. Two deaths were reported, one from New York City and one in California. The FDA began investigating the first outbreak, which was the largest, on March 17, 2017. Three other outbreaks were eventually identified and added to the total. Eventually, four brands of Maradol papayas were recalled that were imported from four farms. The brands were Caribeña brand, distributed by Grande … [Read more...]

Nine Marines Have E. coli HUS Infections

The number of Marines sickened in the E. coli HUS outbreak at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California keeps changing. As of November 3, 2017, an update on the MCRD San Diego Facebook page states that about 69 recruits are "symptomatic of E. coli exposure with diarrheal illness." Seventeen recruits are hospitalized off-base and the rest are receiving care on the base. Of the recruits hospitalized off-base, nine have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This serious complication of an E. coli infection usually strikes young children under the age of five, but can affect people of any age. HUS is a type of kidney failure and can cause strokes, seizures, and death. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD and the … [Read more...]

Marine E. coli Outbreak Updated; More Hospitalized

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has updated their investigation into the Marine E. coli outbreak there and at Camp Pendleton. As of November 2, 2017, about 86 recruits have symptoms of an E. coli infection. Of those people, sixteen are hospitalized off-base. The remaining 70 are being cared for aboard the base. There are nineteen new cases in this particular outbreak, according to the marine Corps Recruit Depot Facebook page. The Marines sickened are at MCRD San Diego and the command's field training facilities at Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California. The initial announcement of the outbreak on November 1, 2017 stated that 302 Marines were sick with the symptoms of this type of infection. Of those, 86 are undergoing treatment. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding … [Read more...]

Los Angeles and Denver Airline Catering Services Temporarily Suspended for Listeria

Catering services in Denver and Los Angeles for two airlines have been temporarily shut down because Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found in food preparation areas. The Gate Gourmet catering facility at Los Angeles airport was closed temporarily because Listeria bacteria was found in food preparation areas. They provide foods, beverages and other services to American Airlines. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants sent a letter to its members on November 1, 2017, stating that there are currently no known or reported cases of listeriosis attributed to those foods. The letter recommends that flight attendants monitor their health for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Camp Pendleton in CA Sickens 300

According to a Facebook page report, at least 302 Marine Corps recruits have been sickened in an E. coli outbreak at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD). Apparently, people are sick at MCRD San Diego and the command field's training facilities at Elon Range on Camp Pendleton. Ten people are hospitalized at an off-base medical facility. Some of the Marines are infected with Shiga toxin-containing E. coli (STEC) bacteria, which can cause serious illness including kidney failure. As of October 31, 2017, several hundred out of 5,500 recruits are sick. the number of cases "spiked" on Monday. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Station, said in a statement, "Our immediate focus is identifying, isolating, and treating … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Raw Tuna: How Does it Get Contaminated?

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was reported by the Clark County Health Department in Washington state on October 26, 2017. At least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed ill with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. All are sick with the same strain. This outbreak was gradually uncovered during the month of September and into October, 2017. Out of fourteen people who were interviewed by officials, eleven said they ate raw seafood before they got sick. That's a much higher percentage than the number of people who eat sushi in a week in the general population, and is considered epidemiologic evidence of a probable cause. Relish Foods recalled raw frozen tuna loins and tuna steaks last week, and Salmonella was found on those products. But the … [Read more...]

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