December 5, 2016

Alabama Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Catered Meal

A catered meal at a private event in Colbert County, Alabama is likely linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 99 people and hospitalized 22, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. About 150 people attended the event on November 12, 2016. Eighteen of the hospitalized persons have been discharged and are at home, and the remaining hospitalized patients are recovering. Preliminary results indicate that the state health department laboratory has identified Salmonella enteriditis in food specimens of cooked chicken and green beans. The investigation is still ongoing. Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer states that chicken was likely the primary source, as raw chicken is often contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Chicken has to be cooked … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 77, Hospitalizes 12 in AL

A presumptive Salmonella outbreak in Colbert County, Alabama sickened at least 77 people and sent 12 to the hospital last weekend. The private event was held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. All patients are recovering. The Colbert County Health Department has been investigating this outbreak since Monday, November 14, 2016. Public health officials have been interviewing patients, obtaining patient specimens, inspecting the food source, and obtaining food samples. All of the samples are being processed by the Alabama Department of Public Health's laboratory. Initial patient specimens tested presumptive positive for Salmonella. It takes longer to test food specimens, so the results from those tests will be available later in the week or early next week. The caterer who provided … [Read more...]

Foodborne Outbreak Sickens 40 in Shoals, Alabama

A foodborne illness outbreak in Shoals Alabama sickened at least 40 people last weekend, Karen Landers of the Alabama Department of Public Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. Those sickened have symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. The illnesses happened after a private event in Sheffield, Alabama, near Muscle Shoals. About 150 people attended that event. Public health officials believe that "while the number of ill persons and the hospitalized numbers may increase, we may be at the peak of the illness given the average incubation period and course of foodborne outbreaks." Test results may be available late in the week. Officials will not speculate on the "causative agent" at this … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Johnny Ray’s in Pelham, AL

A Salmonella outbreak at Johnny Ray's in Pelham, Alabama is being investigated by the Alabama Department of Public Health. As of January 8, 2016, four people who ate at the restaurant at 309 Huntley Parkway have tested positive for Salmonella. Two of those sickened have matching patterns of a rare strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. The restaurant was closed on January 8, 2016 by emergency order after the Bureau of Environmental Services visited the facility on December 15 and 22 in 2015 and January 6 in 2016. Other possible cases are being investigated at this time. Final lab and environmental test results are pending and will be released when received by the state. The State Epidemiologist, Dr. Mary G. McIntyre offered advice to help people reduce their risk of this type of foodborne … [Read more...]

Kids Sickened with Food Poisoning at Montgomery, AL Daycare

More than 30 children have been hospitalized with possible food poisoning at the Sunnyside Child Care Center on Norman Bridge Road in Montgomery, Alabama, according to AlabamaNews.net. The children have been suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Some children must remain at the hospital overnight tonight at Baptist South for monitoring. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tom Miller said lab work is being conducted to determine what caused the illnesses. First impressions is that contaminated food may have been served at the daycare. Other news reports are that more than 60 children have been taken to emergency rooms with food poisoning symptoms. The hospital has opened a unit just for these children, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Some children were taken to the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Clarke County, Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating three cases of hepatitis A in Clarke County, Alabama. Two of the people sickened do have a history of international travel, which increases the risk of contracting this disease. There is no more information about whether this may be a larger outbreak or if any single source is responsible for the spread of the virus. Casual contact does not cause infection. The virus is spread when a person drinks contaminated water or eats contaminated food. Objects can also be contaminated when they are touched by an infected person; another person must touch that object and put their fingers in their mouth. The transmission is "fecal-oral". Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A infection appear 2 weeks to 50 days after exposure. They include … [Read more...]

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