March 21, 2019

Norovirus Outbreaks at California Taco and Tijuana Taco in Washington

Two norovirus outbreaks have been reported at two taco establishments in the the Tacoma area of Washington state, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. There is apparently no link between the two outbreaks. California Tacos, at 14818 Union Avenue SW in Lakewood was closed by the health department on February 26, 2019 for at least 24 hours. Three people in the same group but from separate households reported norovirus symptoms after they ate at tat restaurant. At least two restaurant employees were sick before this outbreak occurred. The outbreak case count was updated on February 27, 2019, with reports of 11 people from three households being sick. Three of the households ate at the restaurant on Sunday, February 24, 2019, and one on Thursday, February 21, 2019. … [Read more...]

Listeria Outbreak Associated With Pasteurized Chocolate Milk

Usually, when we write about an outbreak associated with milk, the subject is raw milk. But in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases issue for March 2019, a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak associated with pasteurized chocolate milk in Ontario, Canada is the subject. That outbreak took place from November 2015 through June 2016. The article states that listeriosis outbreak associated with pasteurized milk are rare in North America, but, like all foods, dairy products can be contaminated with pathogens after pasteurization. A study conducted in the U.S. reviewed 83 fluid milk-associated outbreaks from 1990 to 2006; only one was attributed to Listeria monocytogenes. Thirty four people were sickened during this outbreak, but only people who lived in Ontario were studied. Illness … [Read more...]

Gravel Ridge Farms Egg Salmonella Outbreak Details in FDA Warning Letter

The Gravel Ridge Farms shell egg Salmonella outbreak sickened 45 people in 12 states last year. The FDA sent the owners of that facility a warning letter on February 12, 2019, that gives us more information about the issues at the farm. Gravel Ridge Farms recalled more than 600,000 shell eggs in response to this outbreak. First, the final update by the CDC stated that 44 people were sickened in that outbreak. This warning letter adds one more person. The patients were sickend with the same outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteriditis that was found in the company's Cullman, Alabama location in egg laying houses No. 2 and No. 4. The isolates were genetically identical isolates taken from patients. Inspections revealed that the firm was in violation of the FDA's egg safety rule. The … [Read more...]

CSPI Wants USDA to Name Poultry Producers in Salmonella Outbreak

Center for Science in the Public Interest wants the USDA to name slaughterhouses and processing facilities who may be associated with the two recent Salmonella outbreaks tied to poultry. One of those outbreaks is ongoing. An ongoing Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products has sickened 279 people and hospitalized 107. One person living in California died in that outbreak. The last update on that outbreak was issued on February 15, 2019. And the Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to raw chicken that sickened 129 people has just ended, according to the CDC. All the USDA will say is that these pathogens have been found in "many" processing establishments, and that "raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading." Several … [Read more...]

Breaded Chicken Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Has Sickened 534

A breaded chicken Salmonella outbreak in Canada has sickened at least 534 people in 13 provinces. There are actually 15 national outbreaks linked to raw chicken, including raw breaded chicken products. Food recalls have been issued for twelve products that are linked to some of these outbreak investigations. The case count by province is: British Columbia (42), Alberta (83), Saskatchewan (18), Manitoba (26), Ontario (189), Quebec (111), New Brunswick (27), Nova Scotia (17), Prince Edward Island (5), Newfoundland and Labrador (12), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2). Ninety people have been hospitalized because they were so sick. Raw breaded chicken products have caused several outbreaks in Canada and in the U.S. Aspen Foods raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in 2017 Associated with Well Water Supply in Nebraska

The February 22, 2019 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Morftality Weekly Report had a study about a Campylobacter outbreak in 2017 that was associated with the municipal water supply in Nebraska. At least 39 people were sickened after they drank untreated city water. The city was not named, just called "City A." Apparently, a center pivot irrigation system, that was supposed to pump livestock waste into farmland malfunctioned. Runoff collected in a road ditch near two wells that fed the water supply. There were 33 probable and 6 confirmed cases in this outbreak. Untreated unboiled city A tap water was the only exposure that was significantly associated with illness. The city is served by four untreated wells and an interconnected distribution system. After the wells were … [Read more...]

KFC Worker in Eaton, Ohio Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Preble County Public Health Department has released a notice stating that an employee at the KFC restaurant at 1200 North Barron Street in Eaton, Ohio, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The government says that anyone who ate there from February 9, 2019 through February 20, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus, although the risk of developing hepatitis A from this exposure is very low. It's too late to get a vaccination for anyone who ate there before February 14, 2019. since the shot is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Those people can only monitor themselves for up to 50 days for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see their doctors if they do get sick. Vaccinations are available at doctors' offices and some pharmacies. Those symptoms include fatigue, … [Read more...]

Achdut Tahini Salmonella Concord Outbreak Ends After Sickening Eight

The Achdut Tahini Salmonella Concord outbreak is over as of February 27, 2019, after sickening eight people, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The tahini was imported from an Israeli manufacturer located in Ari'el, Israel, and was sold under several different brand names. The case count by state is: Hawaii (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), and New York (5). Illness onset dates ranged from April 21, 2018 to January 3, 2019. No patients were hospitalized in this outbreak. These are the products that have been recalled: Achva, Achdut, Soom, S&F, Pepperwood, and Baron’s tahini manufactured from April 7, 2018 to May 21, 2018; Soom Foods 11 ounce-sized Premium Tahini and 12 ounce Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread with the lot code … [Read more...]

Raw Chicken Salmonella Infantis Outbreak Ends With 129 Sick

The raw chicken Salmonella Infantis outbreak has ended with 129 people sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty five people were hospitalized in this outbreak, and one death was reported from New York. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arkansas (3), California (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (3), Delaware (3), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (1), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Maine (1), Maryland (4), Massachusetts (17), Michigan (4), Minnesota (5), Missouri (3), North Carolina (7), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (9), New York (18), Ohio (8), Pennsylvania (13), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Virginia (2), Washington (2), and Wisconsin (1). Illnesses started in January, 2018 and ran … [Read more...]

What Should You Do If Your Child is Diagnosed With Salmonella?

If yo0ur child has been diagnosed with a Salmonella infection, you are probably worried and upset. What should you do?   First, and most importantly, make sure your child receives all necessary medical care and rehabilitation. Salmonella infections are more common in children, and they can also be more devastating at a young age. Most kids infected with Salmonella suffer diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, a fever, and headache. Some complications of salmonellosis in children can include: bacteremia, meningitis, and other neurological complications, osteomyelitis, joint pain or arthritis, urinary tract infections, post-infectious IBS, or other gastrointestinal disorders (even into adulthood), and, rarely, death. Even mild cases of salmonellosis can take children weeks to recover. … [Read more...]

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