October 16, 2017

Archives for July 2015

Washington Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 90

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 Sickened Seven Sacramento County Children in June

Seven Sacramento County children were sickened with E. coli in June.  A source of the illnesses was not identified but three who were hospitalized were treated and released. Symptoms of an E. coli 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. The three children who were hospitalized had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication that develops in a small percentage of pediatric E. coli cases. HUS can cause kidney failure, seizure, stroke and coma. Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland told Food Poisoning Bulletin today that food from restaurants and grocery stores, raw milk from herd shares and contact with … [Read more...]

E. coli at Lovelock Correctional Facility Sickens 3 Inmates

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

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 and … [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...]

Kroger Recalls Cilantro Linked to Cyclospora Outbreak

Kroger is recalling cilantro that has been linked to a Cyclospora outbreak from stores in 10 sates. The outbreak includes at least 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin and may include illnesses in other states. Cyclospora causes an infection called cyclosporiasis which causes profuse, often explosive, diarrhea that can last up to two months.  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. Federal health officials have traced the source of the outbreak to farms in the Puebla region of Mexico. But the distribution in the U.S. was so widespread that they could not identify a single supplier from whom to  request … [Read more...]

Deadly North Carolina Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak is Over

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...]

Barber Chicken Entree Salmonella Outbreak Expands to 4 States

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber frozen chicken entrees has expanded to four states sickening nine people and hospitalizing three of them. Six cases have been reported in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma have each reported one case. A lawsuit has been filed of behalf of a man from Lake Elmo, Minnesota who became ill after eating eating a contaminated Chicken Kiev entree they purchased from a Sam's Club store. The man developed severe gastroenteritis soon after eating the product with Salmonella symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, chills and headache. His symptoms, which persisted for several weeks, led doctors to test him for a bacterial infection. The result was a Salmonella strain genetically matched to the outbreak strain. “This is not the … [Read more...]

Cilantro Cyclospora Outbreak Sickens 218 in Texas, Wisconsin

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

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...]

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