August 3, 2015

Four Dead in New York Legionnaires Outbreak

Four people have died and sixty one others are sick in Legionnaires Disease outbreak in New York City. Fifty five people remain hospitalized. Legionnaires’ Disease causes pneumonia-like symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, confusion, aches and lung inflammation. Symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. People contract Legionnaires’ Disease by inhaling contaminated water mist from showers, faucets, whirlpools, swimming pools, fountains or cooling towers in air conditioning systems. It cannot be transmitted from person to person. Most of the cases are in the South Bronx and have been reported since mid-July. Water sources at a hospital, hotel and three other buildings associated with the illnesses tested positive for legionella, the bacteria that cause Legionnaires … [Read more...]

In Atlanta, Cyclospora at Buckhead, Chastain Park Restaurants Sickens Dozens

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Dozens of metro Atlanta area residents have parasitic infections from food they ate at Buckhead and Chastain Park restaurants. The illnesses are among 358 Cyclospora infections reported from 26 states. Cyclospora is a parasite usually associated with travel to developing countries. The infection it produces, called cyclosporiasis, causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last two months or more. 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. Cilantro imported from the Puebla region of Mexico has been identified as the source of at least some of the illnesses. Clusters of illness associated with … [Read more...]

Washington Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 90

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A special team of investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is flying in to Washington next week to help state and local health officials investigate a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 90 people.  Contaminated raw pork is the strongest lead that has emerged from patient interviews so far. Some of those who became ill reported eating pork from whole roasted pigs served at private events. All of those sickened were infected by the same strain off Salmonella, lab tests show. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea that can be bloody, fever, chills, abdominal pain and vomiting. For some people, serious bloodstream infections may also occur. Washington health officials caution consumers who prepare whole cuts of  pork to use a food thermometer … [Read more...]

E. coli at Lovelock Correctional Facility Sickens 3 Inmates

E. coli Outbreak

An E. coli outbreak has sickened three inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and the Nevada Department of Corrections are working together to find the source of the outbreak that has resulted in one confirmed and two suspected cases. The facility, located about 100 miles northeast of Reno, has not had any other reports if illness. E. coli is a bacteria that is transmitted via the fecal-oral route meaning infections occur when food or beverages contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter are ingested. Symptoms of an infection include abdominal cramps, diarrhea that can be bloody and vomiting. Symptoms usually develop within three days of exposure and last up to a week.     … [Read more...]

Washington Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Whole Roasted Pigs

Salmonella Outbreak

The Salmonella outbreak in Washington state that has sickened at least 61 people in eight counties may be linked to whole roasted pigs. The pigs were apparently served at several private events around the state. Those sickened live in King, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor, Yakima, and Clark counties. Five people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. All of those sickened have the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. Investigators continue to look at food and environmental sources for the pathogenic bacteria. The outbreak is linked to either pork consumption or contamination from raw pork. Cross-contamination is a common cause of food poisoning. When raw meats or eggs come into contact with food that is not cooked before eating, such as fruits … [Read more...]

Legionnaires Outbreak in South Bronx, New York Sickens 31

The New York Health Department is investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in the South Bronx. Thirty-one cases of this illness have been reported since July 10, 2015. Anyone who lives in New York who has been sick with fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea, and muscle aches should immediately seek medical attention. Two Legionnaires' patients have died; the Health Department is investigating these deaths and their relationship to the outbreak. Public health officials are testing water from cooling towers and other potential sources of the bacteria in the area. Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. Most are traced to contaminated water. Hot water tanks, cooling towers, humidifiers, hot tubs, air conditioning systems, … [Read more...]

Deadly North Carolina Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak is Over

Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak

The Salmonella outbreak linked to the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina is over, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  The final case count is 280 people sickened in seven states. Of the cases in North Carolina, 77% live in Davidson and Davie counties. Of those cases, 58% are male, 42% are between the ages of 20 and 49; 20% have visited a doctor, 13% have gone to the emergency room for treatment; 9% have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Most people, or 79%, were sickened between Tuesday, June 16, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015. Lab testing found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in a sample of BBQ taken from the restaurant. That strain matches the bacteria from a case patient; they both have the same PFGE … [Read more...]

Cilantro Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 218 in Texas, Wisconsin

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A cilantro Cyclospora outbreak has sickened 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin this summer. Normally, Cyclospora infections are associated with travel to developing countries. But for the last three summers, the parasite has travelled here. In 2013, 631 people in 25 states were sickened in multiple, overlapping Cyclospora outbreaks from June through December. Health investigators determined that the outbreaks had multiple food sources and that most of the illnesses were linked to tainted produce imported from Mexico. About 80 percent of the cases were from three states: Iowa, Nebraska and Texas.  The 227 cases in Iowa and Nebraska were linked to a commercial bagged salad mix produced by Taylor Farms of Mexico and served at Olive Graden and Red Lobster restaurants. Several lawsuits … [Read more...]

Fifth ND E. coli Case Confirmed at Red River Valley Fair

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A fifth case of E. coli infection that may be linked to the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, North Dakota has been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health. All of the cases are children, all live in eastern North Dakota, and four of the five patients have been hospitalized. The investigation into the cause of the outbreak is ongoing. Anyone who attended the fair and has been sick with the symptoms of an E. coli infection is asked to fill out a survey on the North Dakota Department of Health website, even if you are feeling better. Those symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that may be bloody and/or watery. They usually appear within 10 days after exposure. If someone in your household was sick and other are not, also fill out the form; … [Read more...]

After Feces, TP Found in Fields, FDA Bans Some Mexican Cilantro

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After finding human waste and toilet paper in Mexican cilantro fields that have been linked to U.S. Cyclospora outbreaks for three straight years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed an import alert on cilantro from the Puebla region of Mexico. The alert, which covers fresh intact and chopped cilantro, allows U.S. officials to detain without physical inspection any cilantro shipments from the Puebla region from April 1 through August 31. Cyclospora, a parasite that lives in subtropical regions, causes an infection called cyclosporiasis when ingested in its mature state. Symptoms of cyclosporiasis can last two months and include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, body aches, low-grade fever, and other … [Read more...]

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