July 20, 2018

CDC Updates Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Associated with Leafy Greens; Romaine?

The deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak in the United States that is associated with leafy greens and may be linked to romaine lettuce has been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, fifteen states, and the FDA are investigating the outbreak. As of January 10, 2018, 24 people are sick. That's an increase of seven illnesses since the initial report of the outbreak on December 28, 2017. The last reported illness started on December 12, 2017. The case count by state is:  California (4), Connecticut (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (2), Maryland (3), Michigan (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (2), Vermont (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Illnesses began on dates ranging from November 15, 2017 to … [Read more...]

FDA Commissioner Comments on Deadly E. coli O57:H7 HUS Outbreak That May Be Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The FDA Commissioner tweeted a comment yesterday on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak in the United States that may be linked to romaine lettuce. He said "Illness onsets among reported cases occurred in late November and early December, so the source of these cases likely is no longer on the market." Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about a few days to more than a week. The heads have a shelf life of 7 to 10 days, while chopped or leaf lettuce products have a shelf life of 3 to 5 days. While the lettuce that may have caused the illnesses is no longer on the market, we do not know where the products were sold, or where the leafy green was grown, harvested, or processed. There is an outbreak in Canada that is linked to romaine lettuce. At least 41 people were sickened in … [Read more...]

Rep. DeLauro Wants Answers on the Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak That May be Associated with Romaine Lettuce

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday, asking for information on the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak "which is responsible for 58 infections and 2 deaths in the United States and Canada." The Congresswoman is alarmed by the CDC's response to the outbreak, which was confirmed on December 28, 2017. No more information has been released to the public about this outbreak since then. DeLauro added that, "CDC confirmed the outbreak on December 28 - almost a month and a half after the first infection. As with any food safety threat, foodborne illness represents a grave risk to the health and wellbeing of consumers across our nation, particularly children and the elderly.” She added, "CDC’s stunning lack of … [Read more...]

Five Hospitalized, Two HUS, and One Death in E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Five people have been hospitalized, two have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and one person has died in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that may be associated with romaine lettuce, Brittany Behm, Public Affairs Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Food Poisoning Bulletin. At least 17 people are sick in 13 states. The states where ill persons live are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington. Each state, except for California, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, has one patient. In Canada, at least 41 people in five provinces are sick, and one person has died, according to Public Health Canada. In that country, officials are recommending … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Outbreak Among Marines at Camp Pendleton Was the 5th Largest Outbreak of 2017

Number five of the top 10 food poisoning outbreaks of 2017 was the E. coli HUS outbreak at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California. As of November 3, 2017, about 69 Marines recruits had contracted this infection. More than a dozen recruits were hospitalized off base, and the rest were cared for on base. Nine of the Marines developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of this infection that can cause kidney failure. The cause of this outbreak was never announced to the public. And the public was never told what was investigated. Other E. coli HUS outbreaks have been linked to anything from an ill employee who worked with food, to contaminated food or water. Brigadier General William Jurney, who is … [Read more...]

Top Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2017: Deadly Botulism in Nacho Cheese Sauce at Valley Oak Food and Fuel

The Number 9 food poisoning outbreak of 2017 was the deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho cheese sauce sold at Valley Oak and Fuel in Walnut Grove, California in May. Ten people were sickened in this outbreak, and one person died. All ten of the patients were hospitalized in serious condition. The California Department of Public Health confirmed that nacho cheese sauce that was sold at that gas station tested positive for the botulinum toxin. And the toxin matched samples taken from the 10 patients. Gehls Nacho Cheese Sauce was impounded during an inspection conducted at the gas station. Officials did not confirm that Gehls nacho cheese sauce was the source of the toxin; and we do not know how the product was contaminated. Low acid foods such as this cheese sauce can be a … [Read more...]

Possible Food Poisoning Outbreak at Los Angeles Chipotle

A possible foodborne illness outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill in California has been reported by the Los Angeles City Health Department. The city has activated its Acute Communicable Disease Control unit. The facility is located at 4550 West Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. There are few details about the outbreak. It was first discovered when people started reporting they were feeling ill after eating there around the middle of December, 2017 on the website I Was Poisoned. Shares of Chipotle stock fell by more than 3% after the news came out. There is no word on how many people have been sickened, what their symptoms were, or if anyone has seen a doctor or been hospitalized. We don't know the possible pathogen; it could be anything. More information about this possible outbreak … [Read more...]

Nine Marines Have E. coli HUS Infections

The number of Marines sickened in the E. coli HUS outbreak at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California keeps changing. As of November 3, 2017, an update on the MCRD San Diego Facebook page states that about 69 recruits are "symptomatic of E. coli exposure with diarrheal illness." Seventeen recruits are hospitalized off-base and the rest are receiving care on the base. Of the recruits hospitalized off-base, nine have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This serious complication of an E. coli infection usually strikes young children under the age of five, but can affect people of any age. HUS is a type of kidney failure and can cause strokes, seizures, and death. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD and the … [Read more...]

Marine E. coli Outbreak Updated; More Hospitalized

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has updated their investigation into the Marine E. coli outbreak there and at Camp Pendleton. As of November 2, 2017, about 86 recruits have symptoms of an E. coli infection. Of those people, sixteen are hospitalized off-base. The remaining 70 are being cared for aboard the base. There are nineteen new cases in this particular outbreak, according to the marine Corps Recruit Depot Facebook page. The Marines sickened are at MCRD San Diego and the command's field training facilities at Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California. The initial announcement of the outbreak on November 1, 2017 stated that 302 Marines were sick with the symptoms of this type of infection. Of those, 86 are undergoing treatment. Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding … [Read more...]

California Declares State of Emergency in Hepatitis A Outbreak

The state of California has been dealing with the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the state's history. The virus is being spread person-to-person, but since several businesses have reported ill employees in the past few weeks, contaminated food may also be to blame. As of October 6, 2017, there are 576 cases of hepatitis A in that state. Three hundred forty-two people have been hospitalized, which is a very high number for this type of outbreak. And the number of vaccinations distributed by the California Department of Public Heath has reached more than 80,000. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency because of a lack of vaccines in the hepatitis A outbreak in that state that has killed eighteen people. This means the California Department of Public Health can buy and … [Read more...]

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