April 16, 2021

Non-Viral Hepatitis Real Water Still Being Sold; A Number of People Sickened

The FDA has updated its investigation into the non-viral hepatitis real water outbreak, and the agency states that this water is still being sold through online retailers. The statement also reinforces the face that more people other than the five Nevada children have been sickened, stating that "a number of reports" of acute non-viral hepatitis have been received that are associated with Real Water brand alkaline water. The FDA is working to locate any remaining products to make sure they are not available to consumers. Since it is illegal to sell recalled products, the government is going to "follow up" with retailers as officials become aware of this brand being offered for sale Since the last update on March 31, 2021, FDA investigators have completed inspections at the Real … [Read more...]

Massachusetts Plainville Ground Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Largest in US

The Massachusetts Plainville Farms ground turkey Salmonella outbreak is the largest in the nation, with 7 people sick. Overall, 28 people in 12 states are sick, with two people hospitalized and no deaths. We don't know why so many people are sick in that state. Three brands of raw ground turkey that officials say are linked to some of these illnesses were produced by Plainville Farms, including Plainville, Wegmans, and Nature's Promise. Those brands were sold at Wegmans, Food Lion, Giant Food, Giant/Martin’s, Hannaford and Stop & Shop across the country.  Most of the illnesses are concentrated in the northeastern United States. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that not all of the illnesses in this outbreak can be linked to those specific brands … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Roma Sausage and Deli Employee in New York

Hepatitis A has been diagnosed in a Roma Sausage and Deli employee, according to the Oneida County, New York Health Department. That restaurant has two locations in Washington Mills and Utica, New York. The employee worked while infectious and may have exposed people who were patrons of the shops. The Health Department is alerting anyone who ate tomato pie on March 23, 24, 25 26, 27, 28, 30, 0r 31, 2021 from either of the Roma Sausage and Deli locations about the potential exposure. Anyone who ate the pie there on March 30 or 31 can still get a hepatitis A vaccine, which is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. You can get a vaccine at the Oneida County Health Department at vaccination clinic on April 13, 2021 or contact your doctor. Unfortunately, it's too late … [Read more...]

CDC Weighs In On Plainville Ground Turkey Salmonella Hadar Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is weighing on on the Plainville ground turkey Salmonella Hadar outbreak that has sickened at least 28 people in 12 states.  Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory data show that ground turkey has been making people sick. The patient case count by state is: Arizona (1), Connecticut (1), Indiana (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (7), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New York (4), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (4), and Virginia (2). Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Illness onset dates range from December 28, 2020 to march 4, 2021. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 92. The outbreak may not be limited to these states. The ground turkey products that are linked to the … [Read more...]

Wegmans Plainville Ground Turkey Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 28

A Wegmans Plainville ground turkey Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 28 people in 12 states. This outbreak was announced in a USDA recall notice. The USDA has issued a public health alert about 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey in relation to this outbreak. This outbreak may be one that has been on the USDA outbreak investigation table for several weeks. The ground turkey was produced by Plainville Brands. A recall was not requested because the government believes that these products are no longer available for sale. FSIS is concerned that these products may be frozen in consumers' home freezers. Please check your freezer to see if you have any of these items. If you do, throw them away or take them back to the place of purchase. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Brady’s Steaks and Seafood in Pascagoula, MS

A possible hepatitis A exposure is being investigated at Brady's Steaks and Seafood restaurant at 3801 Magnolia Street in Pascagoula, Mississippi, according to a news release by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH). Two employees worked at that restaurant while potentially infectious with the virus. Any customer who ate at Brady's Steaks and Seafood between March 1, 2021 and April 3, 2021 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The news release did state that at this time there is no indication of ongoing risk associated with the restaurant. The restaurant and management are fully cooperating with MSDH. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said in a statement, "The risk of transmission of hepatitis A in this situation is likely very low. However, as a precaution, we … [Read more...]

Investigation of Leafy Greens E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak in Fall 2020

The FDA has released an investigation report into factors that may have contributed to the leafy greens E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in fall 2020 that sickened at least 40 people in 19 states across the country. The outbreak was linked via whole genome sequencing and geography to outbreaks in 2019 and 2018 that were associated to the California growing region.; the proximity of cattle is a likely contributing factor. The outbreak caused 20 hospitalizations. Four people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of an E. coli infection that is a type of kidney failure. The illness onset dates ranged from August 10 through October 31, 2020. Leafy greens were declared the likely source of this outbreak after interviews with patients. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak strain … [Read more...]

Botulism Warning For Aged Walrus Meat in Nunavik, Canada

According to a post on the Facebook page of Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, cases of botulism food poisoning associated with igunaq, which is aged walrus meat, have been reported in Inukjuak, Canada. The government was told of suspected cases on March 22, 2021. The cases are associated with igunaq that was consumed during two feasts that were held on March 18 and March 19, 2021. More than 27 people may have been exposed at those gatherings and afterward from food that may have been eaten at home. There may still be contaminated aged walrus meat in the community. That meat should be destroyed immediately. Before eating any walrus meat, people should verify where it came from and make sure that it isn't from the same source as that served and eaten at those … [Read more...]

Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk Linked to WA Campylobacter Outbreak

A Washington Campylobacter outbreak is linked to Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk, according to a news release by the Washington State Department of Health. Five lab-positive cases have been identified. The raw milk was purchased in Clallam, Skagit, Kitsap, and Clark Counties. We don't know the patient ages, illness onset dates, or whether anyone has been hospitalized. Dungeness Valley Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of all raw milk products with a Best Buy date of April 13, 2021 or earlier. These products may be contaminated with Campylobacter, which can cause serious  illness. The recalled raw milk items are bottled in gallon, half-gallon, quart, and pint containers. The raw milk was sold to customers in western Washington state in the company's on-farm store, outside … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Wild Songbirds Sickens 19

A Salmonella outbreak linked to wild songbirds has sickened at least 19 people in 8 states, with eight of those patients hospitalized, according to an investigation notice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last month, Food Poisoning Bulletin reported on the deaths of songbirds, particularly pine siskins, related to bird feeders in several states around the country. Those bird illnesses and deaths are caused by the same strain of Salmonella that is now making people sick. Humans can get sick from contact with these birds, from contact with contaminated bird feeders, and from contact with animals who may play with or eat the birds. As of March 30, 2021, the case count by state is: California (3), Kentucky (1), Mississippi (1), New Hampshire (1), Oklahoma (1), … [Read more...]

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