November 7, 2020

Peach Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Ends With 101 Sick in 17 States

The peach Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak has ended in the United States after 101 people in 17 states have been sickened. Twenty-eight people were hospitalized because they were so sick. That is an increase of 23 more cases since the last update on August 27, 2020. The case count by state is: California (1), Connecticut (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (11), Kansas (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (18), Minnesota (27), Missouri (2), New Jersey (8), New York (14), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (4), Vermont (1) Virginia (3), and Wisconsin (6). Illness onset dates range from June 29, 2020 to August 27, 2020. And the patient age range is from 1 to 92 years. Of 90 people who gave information about their illness to investigators, 28 were hospitalized. That hospitalization rate of 31% is … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Nekter Juice Bar in Woodbury, MN Sickens 9

A Salmonella outbreak at Nekter Juice Bar, also spelled NéktƏr Juice Bar, which is located at 1605 Queens Drive in Woodbury, Minnesota, has sickened at least nine people, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The patients apparently consumed a variety of menu items. Officials have not yet determined the exact food or beverage that is linked to this outbreak. The nine cases range in age from 20 to 82 years. The patients got sick between August 27 and September 21, 2020. Two of the patients have been hospitalized. All are recovering. All of these patients live in or visited East metro counties in Minnesota. So far, patients have told investigators that they consumed juices, smoothies, or bowls at NéktƏr Juice Bar from mid-August 2020 to September 20, 2020. It is possible … [Read more...]

FDA Says Salmonella Newport Onion Outbreak Over After 1,127 Sickened

The FDA says that the Salmonella Newport onion outbreak is now over after sickening at least 1,127 people in 48 states. FDA's traceback investigation identified a packing facility and multiple farms in California that supplied red onions during the "time of interest." Joint field-level investigations by the FDA, California Department of Public Health, and California Department of Food and Agriculture were initiated according to traceback investigations. But by that time, most of the product had already been harvested and distributed. The FDA has compiled more than 2000 product and environmental samples. The government found a variety of genetic strain of Salmonella Newport in those samples, but a genetic match to the outbreak strain has not been identified. But the investigation … [Read more...]

Red Onion Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 1,127 Sick

The red onion Salmonella outbreak ends, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 1,127 sick in 48 states and 167 people hospitalized. While the outbreak is over, there is still risk to consumers because these onions could be in home pantries and freezers. That's an increase of 115 more patients and one more state, Oklahoma, since the last update on September 1, 2020. The patient case count by state is: Alaska (25), Alabama (2), Arizona (39), Arkansas (2), California (128), Colorado (32), Connecticut (2), Delaware (2), Florida (8), Georgia (11), Hawaii (3), Idaho (43), Illinois (54), Indiana (4), Iowa (31), Kansas (3), Kentucky (3), Maine (6), Maryland (7), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (47), Minnesota (19), Mississippi (5), Missouri (11), Montana (72), … [Read more...]

Pig Ear Dog Treats Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Sickens 8

A pig ear dog treats Salmonella outbreak in Canada has sickened at least 8 people, according to Public Health Canada. Three patients have been hospitalized, and one person died. This is not the first time these pet treats have been linked to outbreaks. A pig ear dog treats Salmonella outbreak in the United States was the sixth largest multistate outbreak in 2019, sickening at least 154 people in 34 states. The serotypes of Salmonella on  those pig ears included Derby, Cerro, Infantis, London, Newport, Rissen, and I 4,[5],12:i:-. The patient case count in the current outbreak is: British Columbia (5), Alberta (2), and Yukon (1). Patients got sick between late February 2020 and early August 2020. The patient age range is between 7 and 95 years of age. People can get sick several … [Read more...]

Salmonella Stanley Wood Ear Mushroom Outbreak Sickens 43

The Salmonella Stanley wood ear mushroom outbreak has now sickened at least 43 people in 10 states, according to the FDA. Out outbreak is likely linked to wood ear mushrooms imported by Wismettac Asian Foods of Santa Fe Springs, California. This dried mushroom is also known as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu'er/Mu Er/Mu-Err. Almost 90% of 18 people interviewed by the government said they ate ramen at a restaurant the week before they starting feeling sick. Four illness clusters were identified at restaurants that serve ramen in three states. The California Department of Public Health collected samples of those  Wismettac Asian Foods mushrooms from one of the restaurants where a patient ate. On October 1, 2020, officials said that whole genome sequencing … [Read more...]

Salmonella Wood Ear Mushroom Outbreak Grows to 43 Sick

The Salmonella wood ear mushroom outbreak has now sickened at least 43 people in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The mushrooms were imported and distributed from Wismettac Asian Foods and were sold only to restaurants. However, some people may have leftovers containing these mushrooms in their home.. The mushrooms were sold in six packs of five-pound bags labeled Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage) with UPC number 00074410604305, and item #60403, imported from China. The patient case count by state is: Arizona (1), California (27), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (5), Louisiana (1), New Jersey (2), New York (1), Pennsylvania (2), and Wisconsin (2). Illness onset … [Read more...]

Canadian Red Onion Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 515 Sick

The Canadian red onion Salmonella outbreak has ended after sickening 515 people in seven provinces according to the Public Health Agency Canada. The outbreak is linked to Thomson International onions imported from the United States. There is a related outbreak ongoing in the U.S. that has sickened at least 1,012 people in 47 states, but the FDA and CDC have not updated that investigation since September 1, 2020. The case count in Canada by province is: British Columbia (121), Alberta (293), Saskatchewan (35), Manitoba (26), Ontario (14), Quebec (25) and Prince Edward Island (1). Illness onset dates range from mid-June to late August 2020. The patient age range is between 1 and 100.  In all, 79 people were hospitalized. Three people died, but Salmonella did not contribute to the … [Read more...]

Worker at Birches Resort in Rockwood, Maine Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

According to news reports, the Maine Centers for Disease Control says that a worker at The Birches Resort in Rockwood, Maine has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. That person handled food while infectious between September 2 and September 22, 2020. That means that anyone who ate at that restaurant or worked there from September 18 through September 22, 2020 should be vaccinated against the virus. Unfortunately, it's too late for a vaccine for anyone who visited that location before September 18, 2020 because there is two-week window after exposure where the vaccine is effective. All those people can do is monitor their health for symptoms of the illness. Anyone who may have had dine-in, take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup of food from the Birches Resort in Rockwood should talk … [Read more...]

Three Salmonella Outbreaks in Peaches, Onions, Wood Ear Mushrooms

There are currently three Salmonella outbreaks ongoing in the United States right now. Altogether they have sickened at least 1,131 people and hospitalized 163. The outbreaks are linked to Wawona peaches, Thomson International Onions, and imported Wismettac Asian Foods wood ear mushrooms, also known as dried black fungus. While there are usually three to four multistate Salmonella outbreaks that occur every year in the United States, it's unusual to have three active outbreaks at the same time. The Salmonella Newport outbreak linked to Thomson International red onions has not been updated by the government in a month. As of September 1, 2020, there are 1,012 people sick in 47 states, with 136 hospitalized. The recall of those onions was terminated yesterday by the FDA, which may … [Read more...]

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