October 19, 2017

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to Pet Store Puppies Grows

The Campylobacter outbreak linked to Petland pet stores puppies has grown. Now 55 people in 12 states have been sickened. No one has died, but 13 people have been hospitalized because their illness is so severe. Sixteen more ill persons have been reported to public health officials since September 1, 2017. The most recent illness began on September 12, 2017. The case count by state is: Florida (13), Kansas (7), Maryland (1), Missouri (2), New Hampshire (1), New York (1), Ohio (22), Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee (2), Utah (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (1). Fourteen of those sickened are Petland employees from five states. Thirty-five patients either recently purchased a puppy at Petland, visited a Petland, or visited or live in a home with a puppy sold by Petland before they got … [Read more...]

CDC Issues Report About 2016 Campylobacter Outbreak in Clark County, WA

A Campylobacter outbreak in Clark County, Washington in 2016 was associated with undercooked chicken liver mousse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Notes from the Field about that outbreak in last week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). On July 13, 2016, Clark County Public Health received a report of diarrheal illness in four of seven members of one party who ate at a local restaurant earlier that month. The report was received through an online and phone reported system. Five people interviewed said their only shared exposure was that restaurant meal. CCPH closed the restaurant kitchen on July 13, 2016, and began an investigation. The restaurant was not named, and news of the outbreak was not released to the public. This outbreak was … [Read more...]

Pride & Joy Creamery Withdraws Raw Milk After Salmonella Found

Pride and Joy Creamery posted a notice on their Facebook page that they are pulling milk dated October 4th from all stores that sell it. Last week the Washington State Department of Agriculture issued a warning about that dairy's products after Salmonella bacteria was found in a sample. The owners would not issue a recall after learning about the Salmonella contamination, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The Facebook post, posted one day after public health officials revealed the contamination, reads, "Out of an abundance of caution we have talked to all of our stores and asked them to pull any milk dated October 4th for a full credit. We will be continuing to investigate the situation. We stand behind our products and will offer a full refund to anyone who … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Cases at Two Restaurants in Grosse Pointe, MI

Cases of hepatitis A have been reported at two restaurants in Michigan, according to news sources. The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness is investigating illnesses at Uncle Paul's Pizza at 21215 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering at 15110 Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park. Some news outlets state that there are two people sick; others say "multiple cases." Anyone who ate food or drank beverages from those facilities between August 1 and September 29, 2017 should either be vaccinated or watch for symptoms of the illness. Anyone who ate at those restaurants on or after September 18, 2017 can be vaccinated against the disease. If you ate at those places before that date, it's too late for a shot. There is a … [Read more...]

Health Warning About Salmonella in Pride & Joy Raw Milk

An advisory about Salmonella in Pride & Joy raw milk products has been issued by the Washington State Department of Health. They are advising consumers not to drink this milk because it could cause serious illness. Routine sampling by WSDA found Salmonella in bottled organic retina raw milk collected from the Pride & Joy Dairy. The product has a best by date of October 4, 2017. All sizes of containers are part of this issue. There are no reported cases of human illness associated with this product. Pride & Joy is refusing to recall the milk. This is not the first time this dairy's milk has been found to be contaminated wth pathogenic bacteria. In 2011, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria were found in Pride & Joy raw milk. And in February 2017, E. coli bacteria … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at MN Bayshore Facility Sickens 15, 2 Hospitalized

News outlets are reporting that a Salmonella outbreak at the Bayshore Residents and Rehabilitation nursing home in Duluth, Minnesota sickened at least 15 people and hospitalized two. All of those sickened were residents and staff; eleven residents and four staff members were ill. The outbreak occurred in August 2017. Five people tested positive for Salmonella. Officials are saying that the illnesses were caused by "contaminated hands of staff or residents." The illness was foodborne. Facility personnel did a "thorough examination" of the kitchen at the facility and concluded that the bacteria was brought in from outside the building. There is no mention of how that conclusion was reached. The facility is located at 1601 St. Louis Avenue on Park Point. It provides 139 nursing … [Read more...]

Utah’s Ag-Gag Law Struck Down

An ag-gag law in Utah has been struck down. Earlier this month, the Utah attorney general said that no appeal would be filed in a federal court decision to end the law as unconstitutional. These laws criminalize video recording on ranches and farms that expose animal abuse. Members of animal rights groups pose as workers to film cruelty against animals. University of Denver law professor Justin Marceau, one of the attorneys who represents animal rights groups said, "[Ag-gag] laws in states like Iowa and Kansas are crying out for a challenge at this point." The state that have some type of this law on the books include Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina and Alabama. Animal rights advocates say that these laws violate free speech and target … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak in Rhode Island Prompts Warning of Raw Cheese

A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has sickened two people in Rhode Island, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. This outbreak has prompted officials to issue a health warning about unpasteurized queso fresco (Mexican cheese). Queso fresco is a type of soft Mexican cheese. All cheeses, including Queso fresco, queso blanco, panela, and asadero-style cheeses are only considered safe when they are marked with a professional label stating that they are "pasteurized" or "made from pasteurized milk." Homemade queso fresco is sometimes made with raw milk. Raw milk can be contaminated with pathogens that can cause serious illness. The pasteurization process kills pathogenic bacteria. The warning especially applies to pregnant women, who can suffer serious complications … [Read more...]

California Hard Hit in Deadly Salmonella Papaya Outbreak

California has been hard hit in the fourth deadly Salmonella papaya outbreak.  There are four outbreaks connected to Maradol papayas that were imported from Mexico. This outbreak was announced by the CDC this week. No one living in California has been sickened in the other three outbreaks. This outbreak was caused by Salmonella Anatum. Fourteen people were sickened, including 12 in California. One person in California has died. Five people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, for a 42% hospitalization rate. That is much higher than the typical 22% hospitalization rate in most Salmonella outbreaks. This could be because the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, the fruit may have been contaminated with a lot of bacteria, or the bacteria was unusually virulent. This outbreak … [Read more...]

The FDA Weighs In on The Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA has updated its information on the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas. Increased testing by the FDA has found papayas from two farms positive for Salmonella strains that matched illnesses not related to the initial outbreak. So the FDA is telling consumers not to eat Maradol papayas from these farms in Mexico: Carica de Campeche in Tenabo, Campeche, Mexico; Caraveo Produce in Tecomán, Colima, Mexico; and El Zapotanito in La Huerta, Jalisco, Mexico. No papayas are currently on the market from these farms because their shelf life has passed, but the agency is continuing traceback and trace forward activities. Other importers may have sourced papayas from those farms. Three brand of Maradol papayas have been recalled:  Caribeña brand, distributed … [Read more...]

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