July 5, 2015

Kenosha, Wisconsin Los Corrales Salmonella Outbreak Grows

According to the Kenosha County Division of Health, the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 60 people may be associated with the Supermercado Los Corrales market in Kenosha, Wisconsin. That supermarket is at 3933 52nd Street in Kenosha. The source of the outbreak has not been definitively confirmed as of May 19, 2015. Those sickened purchased and ate food, particularly pork carnitas, from that market over Mother's Day weekend earlier this month. So far, two people have tested positive for the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. The investigation started on May 15, 2015 when the Division of health received positive Salmonella lab reports. Salmonella infections are reportable illnesses. Public health officials are currently interviewing patients and more lab testing is … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak May be Associated with Meat


According to WISN 12 News, the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha, Wisconsin may be associated with meat from a local grocery store called Los Corrales. At least 20 people have been sickened in this outbreak so far. All of the patients said they ate meat products from that store and then got sick. Officials are investigating this outbreak, interviewing patients, and conducting inspections and collecting samples. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea. Most people get sick within eight to seventy-two hours of exposure, and most recover within a week. But some people get so sick they must be hospitalized. There is no word on whether any of the patients in this outbreak have been hospitalized. If you have experienced these … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Salmonella Outbreak Investigated

According to WISN 12 News in Wisconsin, the Kenosha County Division of Health is investigating a Salmonella outbreak in that area. One case was reported to officials by a doctor last week. Nine samples of food and stool were sent for testing to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Madison, Wisconsin last Friday. Results will most likely be available this week. Apparently, more than 20 people were sickened, but only a few cases have been confirmed so far. The state health department has joined the investigation. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. About 1.2 million Americans are sickened by this pathogenic bacteria every year. An outbreak is declared when two or more unrelated people are sick with the same … [Read more...]

Now 14 Turkey Farms in MN Diagnosed with Bird Flu

Fourteen turkey farms in Minnesota, and an egg-laying facility in Wisconsin, have now been confirmed with the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, or bird flu. The 14th farm was confirmed today. At leasts 900,000 turkeys in the state have been euthanized as a result of this outbreak. No human infections with the virus have ben detected at this time. The newly affected flocks are in Kandiyohi County, Cottonwood County, Lyon County, Stearns County, and Watonwan County. These farms have been quarantined, meaning movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment has been restricted. The flocks will be euthanized, and the region will be monitored. The farms will be disinfected, and tested until the farms are confirmed to be free of the virus. In Wisconsin, the USDA has confirmed that … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Causes the Most Raw Milk Outbreaks

Campylobacter is the source of most raw milk outbreaks, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, which found raw milk outbreaks are on the rise, compared data from the two-year periods 2007-2009 and 2010-2012. Campylobacter causes an illness in humans called campylobacteriosis which produces diarrheal illness, fever, and abdominal cramps that can last up to 10 days. In rare cases, a Campylobacter infection can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, an illness that causes paralysis and death. In every year from 2007 to 2012, Campylobacter was the source of the majority of raw milk outbreaks, accounting for 81 percent of them overall. E. coli caused the second most with 17 percent, Salmonella was third with 3 percent and Coxiella burnetii was … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Included in Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak, Recall

Wisconsin has three confirmed cases of listeriosis in the U.S. caramel apple Listeria outbreak and also received deliveries of Happy Apples, a product made in Missouri that has been recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to separate CDC and FDA announcements. The Happy Apple Company recall was announced via the FDA on Christmas Eve, two days after the CDC added a confirmed case of listeriosis to Wisconsin's outbreak count. Now with three caramel apple Listeria cases, Wisconsin is home to 10 percent of the nation's 29 confirmed outbreak patients. Wisconsin's neighbor to the west, Minnesota, has four confirmed cases, including two deaths. A caramel apple lawsuit was filed in California shortly before the recall was announced. Happy … [Read more...]

In Durand Raw Milk Football Team Outbreak, Farm May Be Identified


>Wisconsin's Department of Health Services will finally identify the farm that supplied raw milk linked to a large food poisoning outbreak in the west-central town of Durand this fall. Based on numerous accounts, participants in a potluck banquet for the Durand High School football teams were not informed that the milk they were served was unpasteurized. Within days, multiple students were hospitalized and state health investigators ultimately confirmed 38 victims. The outbreak was so severe, the football program was forced to cancel two of its games and school officials marked 150 absences. Stephanie Smiley, a spokeswoman for the  Department of Health Services, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the raw milk farm could be named in a report on the outbreak that  is due out next … [Read more...]

Durand High School Campylobacter Outbreak Case Count at 22

The Campylobacter outbreak at Durand High School in Pepin County, Wisconsin has now sickened 22 people as of Tuesday, September 30, 2014; all are members of the football team. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene have confirmed that the outbreak was caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Campylobacter bacteria has been found in specimens from ill patients. The Pepin County Health Department is working with the DHS and the Durand School District to investigate the outbreak. Public health officials are working to compile a list of food and beverages consumed by ill persons days before they got sick. Campylobacter has a two- to ten-day incubation period. The first symptoms of the illness are muscle pain, headache, and fever, followed by … [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...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in Durand, Wisconsin Schools

The Pepin County Health Department says there are eight confirmed cases of Campylobacter infections in students at Durand High School in Pepin County, Wisconsin. The investigation is ongoing, with results still pending for other students. More than 50 other students are sick with flu-like symptoms. In the past five years, there have only been 15 cases total of Campylobacteriosis reported in Pepin County. Campylobacter is a bacteria that can cause serious illness. People become infected by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with fecal matter from an animal or a person who is sick. The symptoms of a Campylobacter infection include muscle pain, headache, and fever, followed by watery and/or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea. The first symptoms usually … [Read more...]

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