December 14, 2017

CDC Says People in Four States May be Drinking Milk Contaminated with Brucella RB51

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning raw milk consumers in four states that they may be drinking products contaminated with Brucella RB51 bacteria. Officials are telling these people to visit their doctor and ask for antibiotics to prevent illness. Several other states have issued this same warning in the past few weeks. The statement reads, "People who bought and drank raw milk from a company called Udder Milk may have been infected with a rare but potentially serious germ called Brucella abortus RB51. While Brucella can cause anyone to become sick, women may suffer miscarriage and other pregnancy complications making it critical for pregnant women who may have consumed the raw milk from Udder Milk to seek medical care immediately." The CDC has known … [Read more...]

New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey Warn Against Udder Milk Brucella Risk

The state health departments of New York, Rhode Island, and New Jersey are all warning consumers about the possibility of Udder Milk Brucella contamination in raw milk. A New Jersey woman has been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant Brucella infection after her "reported purchase" of raw milk from Udder Milk. It is illegal to sell raw milk at the retail level in all of those states. Sales of raw goat milk directly to the consumer are permitted in Rhode Island with a doctor's prescription. You can buy raw milk directly on a farm in New York state. It is illegal to sell raw milk in any form in New Jersey. And it's illegal to transport and sell raw milk across state lines in the United States. Udder Milk received orders online. Then customers would meet drivers at specific drop … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Consumers About Possible Brucella Risks in Raw Milk Sold by Udder Milk in NJ NY CT RI

The FDA is warning consumers who purchased raw milk from Udder Milk Co-Op that they may have been exposed to the RB51 strain of Brucella abortus, a pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious illness. A woman in New Jersey who drank the company's milk has been infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of that bacteria. Anyone who drank or ate Udder Milk raw milk or raw milk products should contact their doctor immediately and get post-exposure prophylaxis antibiotic treatment to avoid infection. Since this bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, any illness caused by these products can be serious. The only way to diagnose people infected with this strain of Brucella is to grow the bacteria through cultures. Most doctors do not test for Brucella when patients present with the … [Read more...]

Udder Milk in New Jersey Ordered to Stop Illegally Selling Raw Milk

Udder Milk, a home delivery company in New Jersey, has been ordered to stop illegally selling raw milk in that state by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). Officials were notified on October 23, 2017 that a New Jersey woman had been sickened with a Brucella infection; the strain was identified as RB51.  She has since recovered. Brucella RB51 is a rare type of that pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious illness. Government officials are investigating to see if her illness is connected to another Brucella outbreak linked to K-Bar Dairy in Texas that occurred earlier this year. This summer, people in seven states were reportedly sickened with symptoms of a Brucella infection, although most were not formally diagnosed. The USDA and CDC are joining the New Jersey DOH to … [Read more...]

Outbreak at Fager’s Island Shell Shocked Oyster Festival in Maryland

According to news reports, officials at the Maryland Department of Public Health are investigating a "stomach flu" outbreak among people who attended the "Shell Shocked" beer and oyster festival on November 4, 2017. That event was held at Fager's Island Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. The state health department is working with the Worcester County Health Department on this outbreak. There is no information posted about these illnesses on either government website. According to the Baltimore Sun, the restaurant was allowed to hold a similar event on November 11, 2017. At least 145 people were sickened in this outbreak. What is commonly known as the "stomach flu" is almost always food poisoning. No one has been sick enough to need hospitalization. No deaths are linked to this … [Read more...]

Deadly Multistate Salmonella Papaya Outbreak is Over, Says the CDC

The outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This large Salmonella Papaya outbreak was comprised of four separate outbreaks linked to four different farms in Mexico. Of the 251 people sickened in 25 states, 79 were hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City and one death was reported from California. The Salmonella papaya outbreaks included these types of Salmonella bacteria: Thompson, Kiambu, Agona, Gaminara, Senftenberg, Urbana, Newport, INfantis, and Anatum. The outbreak strains of bacteria were found in samples collected from papayas and from ill persons. A total of 236 people were sickened in 23 states. Overall, illness started on dates ranging from December … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Camp Pendleton in CA Sickens 300

According to a Facebook page report, at least 302 Marine Corps recruits have been sickened in an E. coli outbreak at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD). Apparently, people are sick at MCRD San Diego and the command field's training facilities at Elon Range on Camp Pendleton. Ten people are hospitalized at an off-base medical facility. Some of the Marines are infected with Shiga toxin-containing E. coli (STEC) bacteria, which can cause serious illness including kidney failure. As of October 31, 2017, several hundred out of 5,500 recruits are sick. the number of cases "spiked" on Monday. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Station, said in a statement, "Our immediate focus is identifying, isolating, and treating … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Bartaco Restaurant in Port Chester, NY

A hepatitis A alert has been issued for patrons of bartaco restaurant in Port Chester, New York. Anyone who ate food or drank beverages between October 12 and October 23, 2017 may have been exposed to the virus. The health department learned about the illness on October 25, 2017. Officials are recommending that patrons get preventative treatment against the illness. Vaccinations include immune globulin and hepatitis A. If you ate there before October 13, 2017, it's too late for a shot. The vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. The health department is offering free shots on Friday, October 27 from 4:00 to 7:45 pm, and on Saturday, October 28, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to provide … [Read more...]

Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Associated With Raw Tuna Sickens 30

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was announced at a Clark County health board meeting in Washington state. During that meeting, on October 26, 2017, Madison Riethman, an applied epidemiology fellow at that department, said that illnesses in at least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed. The information was presented in a slide show. On August 29, 2017, five cases of Salmonella were reported to Clark County Public Health's Communicable Disease team. Three of five cases were interviewed that week, but no common exposures were found. Then, on September 8, lab tests on the Salmonella bacteria from all five cases came back with the same DNA fingerprint. On that day Oregon Health Authority found 12 more Salmonella cases with the same DNA. Out of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Javiana Outbreak at Chincoteague VA Cook Off Linked to Crab Shack Clam Chowder

The Salmonella javiana outbreak at the Chincoteacue Chili Chowder Cook Off in Virginia was caused by Crab Shack Clam chowder. That event was held in Chincoteague, Virginia, on September 30, 2017. At least 180 people from at least ten states were sickened in that outbreak. This strain of Salmonella was first identified by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in human specimens. Healthcare providers and health officials from event attendees sent those samples. DCLS found the same strain in a sample of the chowder that was obtained from someone who was served the product during the event. There is no word on whether pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) or whole genome sequencing (WGS) was used to identify the outbreak strain. The event was sponsored by the … [Read more...]

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