October 16, 2017

Archives for July 2017

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Lake Wildwood Main Beach, CA

Five young children have been sickened after allegedly swimming at Lake Wildwood Main Beach, according to the Nevada County Public Health Department in California. Tests for three of the children are preliminarily positive for E. coli infections. Three of the children have been hospitalized. News reports state that others, including adults, may be sick as well. The Lake Wildwood Main Beach area was closed temporarily as a precaution late last week. Public health officials collected water samples near the shoreline and the swim area. The Main Beach and swimming area are closed now, because test results received on July 29, 2017 showed elevated fecal coliform, which are bacteria that cause serious illness. The Health Department is working with the Nevada County Environmental Health … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Outbreak in Washington State

A Salmonella Stanley outbreak in Washington state has been reported to the Seattle-King County Public Health Department. Six people infected with the outbreak strain of bacteria were reported to Public Health during July 17 - July 24, 2017. On July 26 and 27, pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) results came in. They showed that four of the six cases have the same genetic fingerprint, which suggests a common source of infection. Genetic fingerprinting for the other two cases is pending. This particular strain of Salmonella bacteria has only been seen twice before in King County. Usually, only two to six cases are reported in that area every year. Public Health is interviewing patients in this outbreak to gather information about possible risk sources. The median age of the … [Read more...]

Deadly Utah-Arizona E. coli Outbreak Linked to Animals

The deadly E. coli outbreak in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona has been linked to infected animals, followed by person-to-person contact, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. Several livestock have tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli. The owners of the animals have been contacted and given guidance to prevent further spread of this outback. All tests on water systems, springs, ground beef, produce, and dairy products conducted by public health officials were negative. There have been no new confirmed cases in this particular outbreak since July 9, 2017. Public health agencies will still monitor any disease activity in those towns and surrounding communities. Agencies involved in investigating and monitoring this outbreak include the … [Read more...]

LiveGfree White Hamburger Buns Recalled for Undeclared Egg Allergen

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Vibrant Health Products, a bakery located in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, has recalled a single lot of its “liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns.” In a packaging error, the bakery inadvertently packaged its “liveGfree Gluten Free White Bread,” which contains egg, in the “Soft White Hamburger Buns” packaging. The labels on this packaging material do not mention the presence of the egg allergen. The lot of “liveGfree Gluten Free Classic Soft White Hamburger Buns” affected by the recall were sold in ALDI stores between 4/13/2017 and 7/27/2017 in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, … [Read more...]

Tips to Prevent Botulism Poisoning in Home Canned Goods

With harvest season upon us, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued important information, through Foodsafety.gov, about the dangers of botulism and the steps home canners should take to prevent the proliferation of toxins in their canned goods. Armed with this knowledge, home cooks will be able to ensure that the foods they put away for the winter months are safe for consumption. Botulism is an illness caused by the soil-based Clostridium botulinum germ. When vegetables containing the germ are improperly canned, it can grow and create a tasteless, odorless toxin that can cause deadly nerve damage and paralysis if consumed. Low-acid vegetables with a pH level greater than 4.6 are especially likely to cause botulism, since they aren’t acidic enough to … [Read more...]

Oysters and Vibriosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing information about the risk of contracting a Vibrio infection when consuming raw oysters. Summer is prime oyster season. And it's the time of year when most illnesses from raw oysters occur. In fact, a man in Washington state recently contracted a Vibrio infection when he purchased a live fish from a fish tank. One of the most common illnesses linked to raw oysters is vibriosis. This infection is caused by the Vibrio vulnificus or the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria that occur naturally in seawater. Oysters are filter eaters, which means they draw in seawater and filter out the food and bacteria. The bacteria then become concentrated in the oysters flesh. Most Vibrio infections are caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus. … [Read more...]

New York Hard Hit by Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The deadly multistate Salmonella Kiambu outbreak linked to imported papayas has sickened at least 13 people in New York State. And the death in this outbreak occurred in New York City. That outbreak has sickened at least 47 people in 12 states. The case count by state is: Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (12), New York (13), Pennsylvania (4), Texas (1), Utah (1), and Virginia (6) as of July 27, 2017. Twelve people have been. hospitalized in this outbreak. The outbreak first came to attention in Maryland. An illness cluster was identified there. Interviews with patients revealed that they ate Caribeña brand Maradol papayas purchased from the same grocery store. Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson bacteria were … [Read more...]

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu Infections Linked to Papayas

The CDC has updated its information about the deadly multistate outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu infections linked to imported Maradol papayas. The case count is still at 47 people sick in 12 states, with 12 hospitalized and one death in New York City. Grande Produce has recalled Caribbean brand Maradol papayas that were distributed between July 10 and July 19, 2017. This is one brand that has been linked to the outbreak. Officials think that more brands will be announced as the investigation proceeds, since there are illnesses in states where Grande Produce does not do business. A sticker on the Maradol papaya should say if it is Caribeña brand and if it is from Mexico. The CDC is still recommending that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers not sell … [Read more...]

Man Diagnosed with Vibrio After Purchasing Fish from Live Tank

A King County man in Seattle, Washington was diagnosed with a Vibrio vulnificus infection after preparing and eating fish purchased from live fish tanks at a local store. The man had a rare round infection after buying fish at the Seattle Supermarket, at 4801 Beacon Avenue South in Seattle. This bacteria can cause life-threatening illness if ingested, or if it enters a wound on the skin. Health officials are warning anyone who has eaten or prepared fish purchased from that location before July 25, 2017 to watch for symptoms of infection for 7 days. If you bought fish from that store, throw it away. Dr. Jeff Cuhin, Health Officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County said in a statement, "This is the second case of this illness in the past year and both cases came from … [Read more...]

La Bri’s Body Health Supplements Recalled for Sibutramine

EZ Weight Loss TX is recalling all lots of La Bri's Body Health Atwomic and Xplode capsules because they contain sibutramine. That compound was banned from the U.S. in October 2010 beaus it increases blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some people. It can also interact in life-threatening ways with other medications. No adverse events have been reported to date. These products are marketed as dietary supplements. Atomic is packaged in 60- count bottles and Xplode is packaged in 30-count bottles. All lots and codes of Atomic and Xplode are included in this recall and were sold throughout the U.S. through internet sales starting in 2015. The company is asking customers to contact them to arrange for a return or refund. Stop using this product immediately. If you have experienced any … [Read more...]

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