December 3, 2016

Outbreak at Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, MS

News reports are stating that an investigation is being conducted at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi after a gastrointestinal outbreak. Forty-seven of the 514 residents of that facility reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nine of the elderly residents had to be hospitalized. There is no official word on the pathogen responsible for this outbreak, but one news report quoted a retired state health department officer as calling it a "cruise ship illness" which is likely norovirus. Norovirus causes these symptoms, which occur quickly. The virus is extremely contagious and passes through populations such as care facilities and schools. The elderly are more susceptible to serious complications from this type of illness because dehydration … [Read more...]

Golden Ponds Restaurant in NY Closed After Outbreak

According to news reports, the Monroe County Health Department has asked Golden Ponds Restaurant in Greece, New York to close after an apparent food poisoning outbreak. At least 60 people got sick after eating Thanksgiving dinner at that restaurant. Dozens of people experienced violent diarrhea after that meal. Two people were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe. Officials think that many more people could be sick but don't realize they may have food poisoning. Public health officials sent an inspector to the restaurant the day after Thanksgiving, and food leftover from the Thanksgiving meal was collected for testing. Lab tests will not be back for a few days. The inspection on Friday revealed violations that could levy fines. The owner is cooperating with the … [Read more...]

At Least 16 Sick After Thanksgiving at Antioch American Legion

According to the Contra Costa County Health Services, new cases have been reported that are related to a foodborne illness outbreak at the Antioch American Legion Thanksgiving dinner. A news conference about this outbreak was held November 29, 2016. Earlier reports stated that eight cases of possible foodborne illness were connected to that dinner. Three of those people have died. These illnesses and deaths were reported to Public Health on November 25 by Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, California. All of those people ate food from the holiday event at the American Legion Hall. Now the department is investigating an additional eight people who were likely sickened by food or drink consumed at the same event. None of those people were hospitalized. News reports state that … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Contact with Dairy Calves

Twenty one people in eight states are sick with multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to contact with Dairy Bull Calves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory results linked this outbreak to contact with the calves that were purchased from livestock markets in Wisconsin. Eight of those sickened have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Among 19 people with available information, illnesses began on dates ranging from January 11, 2016 to October 24, 2016. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 72, with a median age of 21. PulseNet was used to identify people who may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet performs DNA fingerprinting on bacteria with pulsed field-gel … [Read more...]

People Dead After Thanksgiving Meal at Antioch American Legion

CBS News is reporting that three people are dead and five are sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal at the Antioch American Legion Hall in California. All of those people were admitted to Sutter Delta Medical Center on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2016 with symptoms of food poisoning. Golden Hills Community Church was allegedly responsible for making the meal served to people that day, according to the report. Other food was donated from restaurants in the area, and volunteers made some of the food. Of the eight who were sickened, three people died, four were treated and then released, and one person is still hospitalized. Health Services spokeswoman Victoria Balladares said in a statement, "if it were a food borne outbreak, we'd expect to see a lot more people … [Read more...]

After General Mills E. coli Outbreak, Say No to Raw Dough!

The large E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to recalled General Mills flour sickened 63 people in 24 states this year. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a complication of that illness. And many of those sickened got sick because they ate raw cookie dough. So the CDC is warning consumers not to eat raw cookie dough, cake mixes, or bread this holiday season, even if you are using pasteurized eggs. Raw flour is a raw agricultural product that has not been treated to kill pathogenic bacteria. And since flour has a long shelf life, that recalled General Mills flour could still be in people's homes. Please check the list of recalled products and make sure you don't have one of those flour types in your pantry. The recall was expanded once, and there have been some … [Read more...]

Pritzker Hageman Wins $7.55 Million Verdict for Child with HUS E. coli

On November 22, 2016, noted food safety attorney Fred Pritzker and his team won a $7.55 million verdict for a child who contracted an E. coli infection and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in 2013 after visiting Dehn's Pumpkins, a business in Dayton, Minnesota. A jury in Hennepin County, Minnesota returned the verdict in favor of the child, who suffered severe kidney damage. The supporting lawyers on this case were Brendan Flaherty and Lindsay Lien Rinholen. The 10 year old girl went to the farm with her parents on the weekend of October 12 - 13, 2013 and got sick a few days later. At least seven people were sickened in that particular E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health linked the illnesses to cows that were in the animal attraction at the farm. At … [Read more...]

Alabama Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Catered Meal

A catered meal at a private event in Colbert County, Alabama is likely linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 99 people and hospitalized 22, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. About 150 people attended the event on November 12, 2016. Eighteen of the hospitalized persons have been discharged and are at home, and the remaining hospitalized patients are recovering. Preliminary results indicate that the state health department laboratory has identified Salmonella enteriditis in food specimens of cooked chicken and green beans. The investigation is still ongoing. Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer states that chicken was likely the primary source, as raw chicken is often contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Chicken has to be cooked … [Read more...]

Vibrio Infection Associated with Fish from WA Asian Food Center

A woman from King County in Washington state was diagnosed with a wound caused by the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus on November 10, 2016. She was preparing tilapia fish purchased from the Asian Food Center at 14509 NE 20th Street in Bellevue. The woman, who is in her fifties, allegedly contracted the infection while she was preparing the raw fish. She cut her finger during preparation, which gave the bacteria entry. She was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. Vibrio bacteria live in seawater. This bacteria is very rarely found in the Pacific Northwest, but is more common in areas with warmer seawater, such as the Gulf of Mexico. Public health officials are testing the fish tanks at the Asian Food Center and are also testing samples of fish from that facility to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 77, Hospitalizes 12 in AL

A presumptive Salmonella outbreak in Colbert County, Alabama sickened at least 77 people and sent 12 to the hospital last weekend. The private event was held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. All patients are recovering. The Colbert County Health Department has been investigating this outbreak since Monday, November 14, 2016. Public health officials have been interviewing patients, obtaining patient specimens, inspecting the food source, and obtaining food samples. All of the samples are being processed by the Alabama Department of Public Health's laboratory. Initial patient specimens tested presumptive positive for Salmonella. It takes longer to test food specimens, so the results from those tests will be available later in the week or early next week. The caterer who provided … [Read more...]

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