December 7, 2016

Largest Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2014 #6

Salmonella outbreak linked to non-dairy cheese made from raw cashews  was the sixth-largest multistate food poisoning outbreak of 2014. The outbreak sickened 17 people in three states. Three people were hospitalized. Public health investigators used pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) technology to obtain a DNA “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain. The tests revealed that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Stanley is rare and only been seen 20 times  prior to this outbreak. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea which, may be bloody diarrhea. In some cases, the infection can travel to the bloodstream producing more severe illness. Most of the illnesses in this outbreak occurred during November 2013. The last reported date … [Read more...]

Cashew Cheese Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 17 Sick

A Salmonella outbreak linked to non-dairy cheese made from cashews has ended after sickening 17 people in three states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three people were hospitalized.  The maker of the cheese, Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento, issued a recall for the cheese on December 31. Most of the illnesses occurred during November 2013. The last reported date of onset of illness was January 3, the same day the outbreak was announced by the CDC. Fifteen of the illnesses were in California. Nevada and Wyoming each reported one case. Case patients ranged in age from 2 years to 83 years old. The median age was 27. Fifty-three percent of case patients were male. Public health investigators used pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) testing … [Read more...]

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