September 30, 2014

Raw Milk Warning Comes After E.coli HUS Sickens 4 Kids in KY

raw milk e.coli outbreak kentucky

A raw milk warning has been issued in Kentucky after five children got E.coli poisoning and four of them were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, (HUS) a form of kidney failure that can be fatal. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued the warning today after weeks of investigating the outbreak. “At this time, we know that all of the children consumed unpasteurized milk, which is different from the milk and dairy products you purchase at the grocery store,” said DPH Commissioner Stephanie Mayfield, M.D. “Unpasteurized milk is dangerous and has not undergone a process to kill bacteria before it is consumed, meaning it could contain disease-causing agents such as E. coli. The health of anyone who drinks unpasteurized milk can be affected if they are exposed to … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Clarke County, Alabama

Hepatitis A Virus

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating three cases of hepatitis A in Clarke County, Alabama. Two of the people sickened do have a history of international travel, which increases the risk of contracting this disease. There is no more information about whether this may be a larger outbreak or if any single source is responsible for the spread of the virus. Casual contact does not cause infection. The virus is spread when a person drinks contaminated water or eats contaminated food. Objects can also be contaminated when they are touched by an infected person; another person must touch that object and put their fingers in their mouth. The transmission is "fecal-oral". Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection appear 2 weeks to 50 days after exposure. They include … [Read more...]

Report: Iowa VA Patients Not Told of Legionnaires’ Risk


Patients at Veterans Affairs hospital in Iowa were not told that the bacteria that causes Legionnaires'  Disease had been found at the facility, according to a report Sunday in the Des Moines Register. Some patients are wondering why they weren't told. The facility plans to spend $6.5 million to replace the plumbing in the patient care areas of the 600,000-square-foot facility. The work is supposed to begin next year. A 2012 Legionnaire’s outbreak at the Pittsburgh VA killed six patients and sickened at least 22 others. Health officials in Pennsylvania are currently trying to determine if a veteran recently diagnosed with Legionnaires’ contracted the disease at the facility. Legionnaires’ disease,  a severe form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria,  is transmitted when … [Read more...]

Wisconsin School Cancels More Football due to Campylobacter


The Durand School District is continuing to reschedule various student activities as the western Wisconsin community grapples with a sweeping outbreak of Campylobacter food poisoning. According to the official school calendar, Monday's C-squad and junior varsity Panther football games against Amery have been canceled. Meanwhile, school volleyball matches canceled last week have been rescheduled for Thursday. The moves were made as the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene continues to offer testing for any ill students and staff. The most recent school district announcement notes that the source of the outbreak is still actively under investigation by the Pepin County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. "To date, Campylobacter has been detected in multiple … [Read more...]

Salmonella Cases Reported in South Carolina


At least nine cases of Salmonella poisoning have been reported in Beaufort County, SC  including one case matched to a national cluster, according to The Island Packet. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has had eight reports of gastrointestinal illness,  lab tests have confirmed that the source is Salmonella. The food source has not been determined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with state health officials to determine if an additional case is linked to a national outbreak. Officials have not said if the outbreak is one that has not yet been announced to the public or if it is one of two ongoing Salmonella outbreaks being investigated by the CDC. One is linked to live poultry from a mail order hatchery in Ohio and the other is linked to … [Read more...]

Live Poultry Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 344 in 42 States


A Salmonella outbreak linked to live poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio has sickened 344 people in 42 states an Puerto Rico, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One third of the patients are children under 10. This is the third straight year that Mt. Healthy has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak. Some of the outbreak strains which include Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar are resistant to antibiotics. Thirty one percent of those sickened have required hospitalization. Many of the patients, Since the last update on August 8, 2014, 44 new cases have been reported. By state, they are as follows: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1),  Illinois (1), Iowa (2), Kansas (1), … [Read more...]

C. perfringens Likely Source of Food Poisoning Outbreak at Food Safety Summit

Clostridium perfringens

Chicken marsala tainted with C. perfringens was the likely source of a food poisoning outbreak that sickened 216 people who attended the April Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Maryland health officials have concluded. C. perfringens is a common source of food poisoning, sickening an estimated 1 million Americans  each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Outbreaks often happen at schools, banquet centers and catered events. More than half of those who were sickened developed symptoms, which include diarrhea and abdominal cramps, within 16 hours of  of exposure. For most of them, illness lasted about 28 hours, which is typical for C. perfringens poisoning. The CDC has recently compiles tips on preventing illness from the bacteria.  Temperature … [Read more...]

What is Source of Oregon HUS Cases? In 2012 it was Raw Milk

E. coli in raw milk led to kidney transplant, HUS for Oregon kids

Health officials in Oregon have not determined the source of E.coli poisoning that this month gave three children hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and killed one of them. In 2012, raw milk was the source of an E.coli outbreak gave three children HUS, one of whom required a kidney transplant. Twelve other children and four adults were also sickened in that outbreak which was linked to raw milk produced by Foundation Farm in Clackamas County. Lab tests showed that E. coli O157 isolates from eight of the patients matched isolates from samples taken from the farm and from some raw milk. The 15 children who were sickened ranged in age from 18 months to 19 years old. The 18 month old was one of the four patients who were hospitalized. Raw milk laws are different in each state. In Oregon, … [Read more...]

Almond Butter Salmonella Outbreak Includes High Risk Ages: 3, 83

almond butter Salmonella

The Salmonella outbreak linked to almond butter and peanut butter sold at Tradee Joe's, Whole Foods, Safeway, Kroger and other stores includes cases from high risk groups: small children and the elderly. One of the four reported cases is a 3-year-old, another is 83. Children under 5, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems- including pregnant women are all at high risk for Salmonella poisoning which sickens 1.2 million Americans each year and kills 400. Of all the high risk groups, children under 5 account for the largest percentage of cases. The peanut butter, produced by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc., was sold under a variety of brand names including: Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Kroger. It has been recalled but because it has a long … [Read more...]

Keep Children Safe at Petting Zoos to Avoid HUS E. coli


HUS E. coli is a life-threatening disease that children can contract from exposure to pathogenc E. coli at petting zoos or other animal exhibits commonly visited in summer and fall by families on outings to apple orchards, pumpkin patches, festivals and fairs. The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians sets a compendium of safety measures for animal venue operators to follow, but the health of children who touch animals, feed animals or even touch railings or enclosures comes down to handwashing and vigilance supported by the operators. In Minnesota, where state officials have investigated two sizable outbreaks of toxic E. coli infections at petting zoons in the past two years, the state Department of Health has published a Prevention Fact Sheet. It emphasizes two … [Read more...]

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