September 19, 2019

CDC Tracks the Hepatitis A Outbreaks Across the Country

The CDC is keeping track of the hepatitis A outbreaks across the country that have sickened thousands and killed many Americans.  Since the first outbreak was identified in 2016, 30 states have declared emergencies because of the illnesses in their area. As of September 6, 2019, there have been 25,484 cases of hepatitis A diagnosed across the country. Of those cases, 15,330 patients, or 60%, have been hospitalized, and 254 people have died. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus that attacks the liver. People who are more likely to suffer serious complications from this infection are those with compromised immune systems and chronic illnesses, as well as people with liver disease. The states with the most cases in these hepatitis A outbreaks are: Florida (2903), Indiana … [Read more...]

Two More Illnesses in Philadelphia E. coli Outbreak Brings Total to 16

The Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has now sickened two more people, according to news reports. There are now 16 people sickened in that outbreak, which officials think is linked to restaurants in the area. However, officials are not releasing the names of restaurants they think are involved in this outbreak. James Garrow, spokesperson for the health department, said in a statement, "The Health Department's investigation, like all foodborne illness investigations, takes time. This a wide-ranging investigation that asks very sick people to list every single thing that they’ve eaten or drank, at the level of every individual ingredient, during the period when they were exposed to the bug. This generates a massive list of possible items and locations that may have been the … [Read more...]

Scombroid Outbreak Associated with Kroger Yellowfin Tuna Steaks

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat yellowfin tuna steaks from some Kroger stores. The states affected by this recall are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. On September 4, 2019, the FDA became aware of multiple scombroid poisoning cases in people who consumed tuna steaks purchased from three separate Kroger stores in Ohio. On September 5, 2019, Kroger agreed to remove all yellowfin tuna steaks from their stores in the above states. They are also notifying consumers who had purchased this product to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. This product may be sold as raw yellowfin tuna steaks at the seafood counter, or seasoned in … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Restore Public House in La Crosse WI

A Salmonella outbreak associated with steak tartare served at Restore Public House in La Crosse, Wisconsin has sickened 17 people, Jen Rombalski, Health Director of the La Crosse County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. Steak tartare is made from beef that is finely chopped, mixed with other ingredients, and served raw. This food is considered "high risk." The restaurant prepared it properly, according to public health officials. Restaurants can serve these foods, according to Ms. Rombalski, as long as they post an advisory telling consumers that the food is risky to consume. The issue with foods like this is it doesn't matter how well the food is handled. Raw meats, especially ground beef, are often contaminated with pathogens such as Salmonella and E. … [Read more...]

Philadelphia E. coli Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

A Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 14 people, according to a Health Alert issued by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Public health officials "have identified a few shared restaurant exposures," in their ongoing case investigation, but no one restaurant or food has been named so far. In the past, E. coli outbreaks have been linked to ground beef, flour, animals at county fairs, raw milk, and lettuce. Just about any food can be contaminated with this pathogen through cross-contamination. The source of E. coli is typically found in the guts of ruminant animals such as cows and goats and is shed in their feces. Person-to-person transmission is also possible because the infectious does is small; just 10 bacteria. The patient age range in this outbreak … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in Food Worker at Cracker Barrel in Bridgeport, MI

A food worker at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old County Store at 6450 Dixie Highway in Bridgeport, Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Saginaw County Health Department. That person worked there from August 25 through August 28, 2019. Anyone who visited that facility during that time frame may have been exposed to the virus. Everyone who visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant at that location on the above dates can get a hepatitis A vaccine, since the time frame for administering the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is within the first two weeks of exposure. The vaccine is available at the Saginaw County Health Department and is also available at some pharmacies and through your doctor. You can find the hours of the vaccine clinics by … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Outpost Natural Foods in Wisconsin

A Salmonella outbreak linked to food from Outpost Natural Food in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has sickened at least four people, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and the City of Milwaukee Health Department suspended meat and food processing at Outpost on August 23, 2019. At that time, officials said that no illnesses were associated with foods produced at the company's facility at 2826 South Kinnickinnic Avenue. Insanitary conditions were discovered during a routine inspection. Some ready-to-eat products tested positive for Salmonella during that inspection. As of August 26, 2019, there are four people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella found at Outpost Natural Foods. Three of … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Illness Associated with Bad Farms PA Raw Milk

One person is sick with a Campylobacter infection after allegedly drinking raw whole milk from BAD FARMS in Kempton, Pennsylvania, according to news reports. That farm is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The milk has been recalled and removed from store shelves. Tests taking during routine sampling indicated that the raw whole milk teated positive for Campylobacter bacteria. The milk was sold in plastic half gallons, gallons, and pints with a sell-by date of August 23, 2019. The milk was sold at Emmaus Farmer’s Market, Lehighton Farmers Market in Emmaus, Lehigh County, Trexlertown Farmers’ Market in Breinigsville, Lehigh County, and in BAD FARMS’ on-farm store and Wannamakers General Store, both in Kempton. Anyone who drank this milk and has been sick should contact their … [Read more...]

Cyclospora Has Sickened 1696 People As Of August 28, 2019 in the U.S.

Domestically acquired cases of cyclospora have sickened 1,696 people in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City as of August 28, 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of these illnesses are linked to fresh imported basil and some restaurants and events throughout the country. But many of the individual cases could not be linked to a specific outbreak, in part because of the lack of validated molecular typing tools for the Cyclospora parasite. Identified cyclosporiasis outbreaks in the summer of 2019 include: An outbreak linked to fresh basil imported by Siga Logistics from Mexico, which has sickened at least 205 people in 11 states. That outbreak was last updated on August 15, 2019. An outbreak associated with three … [Read more...]

Pig Ear Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 143 People in 35 States

The pig ear Salmonella outbreak has now sickened at least 143 people in 35 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thirty-three people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. People can get sick after handling the treats or caring for or touching the dogs who ate them. Dogs can get sick too. Sixteen ill persons have been added to this investigation after the last update on July 31, 2019. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (3), Georgia (3), Hawaii (1), Illinois (10), Indiana (5), Iowa (23), Kansas (3), Kentucky (6), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (14), Minnesota (1), Missouri (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (1), … [Read more...]

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