December 3, 2016

Church Chicken Dinner Salmonella and E. coli Outbreak in AL

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of both E. coli and Salmonella at a church chicken dinner, according to AL.com. One person may have died after the May 30, 2014 event. Nineteen people in Morgan county had symptoms of food poisoning, including vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Three local hospitals have reported treating ill persons. The two confirmed cases tested positive for E. coli, Salmonella, or both. The person who died had an E. coli infection. There are several news reports about this outbreak; each has slightly different information. WHNT TV states that state epidemiologist Dr. Mary McIntyre confirmed there are 19 combined cases of E. coli and Salmonella in this outbreak. That report states that one of the ill persons who may be part of this … [Read more...]

Sandy Plains Baptist Church Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 95

The Salmonella outbreak at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church barbecue has now sickened 95 people, according to news reports. Most of those sickened, 47,  are in Rutherford county. Forty-four ill persons live in Cleveland County, and four others live in other counties. The fundraising barbecue was held on September 7, 2013. Reports of illness started reaching public health officials about a week later. As many as 5,000 people attended the event. The symptoms of salmonellosis, the illness caused by the Salmonella bacteria, include diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, and muscle pains. Symptoms usually begin six to seventy-two hours after infection, and last up to a week. Some people become so ill they need to be hospitalized. And some … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 89 at Church BBQ

A Salmonella outbreak associated with a church fundraiser in Cleveland County, NC has sickened 89 people. The fundraiser was held September 7 at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC. Organizers of the event estimate that 5,000 plates were served. Forty of the cases are in Cleveland County, 46 are in Rutherford County and two are in Gaston County, according to local news reports. There is also one confirmed case in South Carolina. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. They  usually develop within 12 to 72 hours after exposure and last between four and seven days. Some cases, where the infection spreads from the intestines to the blood stream, can be fatal without prompt treatment from … [Read more...]

Sandy Plains Baptist Church Salmonella Outbreak Case Count Increases

The case count of those sickened with Salmonella after eating at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church earlier this month has increased to 71. Thirteen people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. Those who are ill live in Rutherford County and Cleveland County, North Carolina. Public health officials in Cleveland County still do not know the source of the bacteria. Officials believe that the outbreak is not growing; more people are included in the outbreak because doctors are reporting the illnesses to the public health department, which takes time. However, people may still have some food from the event in their home freezers. If so, that food should be discarded immediately. Salmonella infections are usually caused by eating contaminated food, such as undercooked chicken or meat or … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with North Carolina Sandy Plains Church

The Cleveland County Health Department has reported that at least nine people have been sickened with  Salmonella after attending a barbecue fund raiser at the Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina. The barbecue took place on September 7, 2013. People started reporting illnesses ten days later. Six people in Cleveland County and three people in Rutherford County are ill with laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella. Five people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. Public health officials are asking anyone who attended that event and became ill with intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting contact their healthcare provider. Tell your doctor that you attended this event. If you or anyone you know purchased food at the fund raiser, discard it. Healthcare … [Read more...]

Alabama Eastern Star Baptist Church Salmonella Outbreak Grows to 67 Sick

The foodborne illness outbreak at a funeral at the Eastern Star Baptist Church in York, Alabama has grown to include at least 67 out of 100 or more people according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The meal was served after a funeral on July 6, 2013. Five people have Salmonella Heidelberg infections as confirmed by the Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is conducting tests on additional environmental and clinical samples. Several people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, some in serious condition, according to the news release. The illness has affected people in at least 10 states. Dr. Mary McIntyre, Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention for Alabama said, "if you attended this … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Alabama Associated with Funeral at Baptist Church

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating a foodborne illness outbreak that has sickened at least 36 people who ate food at a funeral served at the Eastern Star Baptist Church in York. The meal was served around noon on July 6, 2013. Reports are that at least 30 people have been hospitalized, some in serious condition. Since more than 100 people attended the funeral, there may be more reports of illness. The investigation has involved hospitals in at least nine states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Preliminary test results from the Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories are positive for Salmonella bacteria. The investigation began on July 8, after a local hospital reported to the ADPH that 25 people … [Read more...]

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