September 14, 2014

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...]

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

Is Walmart watermelon or river water the link to 3 E.coli HUS cases in OR?

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...]

Almond Butter at Center of Salmonella Food Recall


Almond butters packaged for Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Kroger and Safeway stores make up a sizable portion of a Salmonella recall that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have highlighted since August 19. Officials are concerned that the recalled products could sit for months in home pantries, possibly expanding an outbreak of salmonellosis that has sickened people in Texas, Iowa, Connecticut and Tennessee. Peanut butter made by the same manufacturer, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., also was recalled due to the Salmonella outbreak, but the vast majority of labels involved in this recall are for almond butter, including various types packaged under the brand name MaraNatha. "This product has a long shelf life, and it may still be in … [Read more...]

E. coli Leaves 1 Child Dead, Another Fighting for Life

E. coli HUS 5 Sick in KY

Brad Sutton, 5, and his friend Serena Profitt, 4, went swimming and shared a restaurant sandwich on Labor Day weekend. Days later, both children became gravely ill with E.coli infections. Now Brad is on dialysis fighting for his life and both families are mourning the loss of Serena who died on Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Both children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication of E.coli infections that leads to kidney failure. HUS, which generally occurs around the eighth day after of an E. coli infection,  most often affects young children.  About 15 percent of  children under ten who contract an E. coli infection develop HUS.  In addition to kidney failure, HUS can cause blindness, convulsions, heart attack, seizures, stroke and coma. Dialysis is one of … [Read more...]

E. coli Takes Life of 4-Year-Old Oregon Girl

Is Walmart watermelon or river water the link to 3 E.coli HUS cases in OR?

A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from complications of an E.coli infection she contracted Labor Day weekend.  Serena Profitt was surrounded by her family and friends when she was removed from life support at Doernbecher Children's Hospital around 9:30 p.m. last night. "She's the most vibrant young girl ever; she's just sweet loving and so amazing, so smart, just a heart that is of gold," aunt Aleahsa Hargitt, told Fox 12 News. Serena became sick after a visit to Lincoln City. Her family brought her to a hospital in McMinnville. After she went into kidney failure, she was rushed to Doernbecher where she was diagnosed with E. coli. She seemed fine on Sunday morning, but suffered a stroke at 4:00 p.m. Serena was suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication  that … [Read more...]

True Food Is Latest Restaurant Linked to a Shigella Outbreak

Restaurant Food Poisoning

True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach, California is the latest restaurant to be linked to a Shigella outbreak. The vegan-friendly restaurant was closed for several days after health officials received six reports of shigellosis, the infection resulting from the ingestion of food contaminated with microscopic amounts of feces from a person infected with Shigella bacteria. At restaurants, the cause of Shigella outbreaks is often poor employee hygiene or improper hand washing. Produce can also become contaminated if it comes in contact with raw sewage in growing fields Symptoms of a Shigella infection include diarrhea, fever and cramps lasting five to seven days.  Anyone who ate at the restaurant and  experienced these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible exposure. There … [Read more...]

Shellfishing Stopped in New York After Vibrio Outbreak


The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has temporarily closed shellfishing areas in the Town of Huntington in Suffolk County after reports of foodborne illness. Lab tests have found that a "number of illnesses" were caused by the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus, which is naturally occurring. The ban is effective starting Friday, September 5, 2014. This precautionary measure is being taken to protect public health until investigators decide if the shellfish are safe to eat. There is no word on how many people have been sickened. The ban on oyster harvesting affects about 4,400 acres, including all of Centerport Harbor, Duck Island Harbor, Northport Bay, Lloyd Harbor and a portion of Huntington Bay. The ban on hard clams affects 2,300 acres and includes all of … [Read more...]

True Food Had Food Safety Problems Before Shigella Outbreak

Shigella outbreak sickens 6 in CA

The Shigella outbreak linked to True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. isn't the first time the restaurant has had food safety problems. A review of  restaurant inspection reports from the Orange County Health Department shows that in November 2013 the restaurant was investigated for alleged foodborne illness and has had food safety violations at all inspections since January 2103. During an inspection conducted June 9 2014, health inspectors found violations such as fruit flies, improper food storage and missing tiles in the back of the dish wash area. The missing tiles were noted on the restaurants first inspection posted online in January 2013 and each thereafter. The missing tiles left a porous surface exposed which could be a potential breeding ground for … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak at True Food Kitchen in Newport, CA


The restaurant True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California has been closed after a suspected Shigella outbreak. Orange County officials closed the restaurant on August 28, 2014 for an investigation. At least six people have reported symptoms of shigellosis, the illness caused by that bacteria. Officials say that none of the patients ate the same food, possibly meaning that the bacteria was spread by person-to-person contact, according to a media report. Shigella bacteria are passed through the oral-fecal route, meaning that someone ingests feces of someone else with a Shigella infection. Those sickened all ate at the restaurant on August 21, 23, 24, and 25, 2014. The restaurant reopened late last week after cleaning and sanitizing the facility and using … [Read more...]

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