July 22, 2017

Deadly E. coli Outbreak in Utah/Arizona Has Sickened 12 People

The E. coli outbreak in Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona has now sickened 12 people, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. David Heaton, Health Department spokesman, commented on the press release page, saying "Advisory is cautionary action as investigation includes focus on food contamination and animal exposure risk. Individual case information is not being released other than to confirm that most are children." The source of the outbreak has still not been identified. We do know that two children have died in this outbreak. News reports before this update say that four patients have developed HUS and that seven have been hospitalized, but the health department has not confirmed these numbers. HUS is a complication of an E. coli infection that destroys … [Read more...]

Agencies Added to Deadly Utah-Arizona E. coli Outbreak

The investigation into the deadly E. coli outbreak at the border of Utah and Arizona has been joined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Utah Department of Health, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Utah Department of Health, according to the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. The confirmed case count stands at 11. Two children have died after being infected with E. coli bacteria. The source of the outbreak hasn't been identified, but warnings have been issued by various health departments against consuming raw milk and previously purchased ground beef. This most recent update also warned people that the illness can be spread person-to-person. The cities involved in this outbreak are Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona. This is … [Read more...]

Update on Deadly E. coli Outbreak in Southwest Utah

An E. coli outbreak in Hildale, Utah that killed two children and originally sickened six has been updated by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. Now eleven people have been sickened in this outbreak. On July 5, 2017, testing on the city water system was negative for the pathogenic bacteria. On July 7, 2017, the case number increased to nine. Officials were continuing to test the water. Also on July 7, 2017, the Health Department told residents of Hildale and surrounding areas to not consume any previously purchased ground beef until further notice. Ground beef has been linked to E. coli in the past, especially when the meat is not cooked to 160°F. Then on July 11, 2017, the Department announced that there were 11 confirmed cases of E. coli in this outbreak. Officials … [Read more...]

Deadly E. coli Outbreak in Hildale, Utah Kills Two Children

A deadly E. coli outbreak in Hildale, Utah was announced on the Southwest Utah Public Health Department's Facebook page. The announcement states, "Currently, this outbreak appears to be confined to a limited area with little or no risk to the larger community. We will post updates to this page." According to news reports, two children have died. A comment on the page states, "This E.coli investigation is specifically focusing on contaminated food or animal exposure." All of the water tested "so far" has been clean, according to public health officials. More information will be posted on the Department's Facebook page when it is available. The two children were hospitalized when they died, Deputy Marshal Daniel Musser told the Salt Lake Tribune. The exact number of illnesses is … [Read more...]

Chicken & Rice Guys E. coli Outbreak: CA County Launches Food Truck Safety Campaign

An E. coli outbreak that may involve Chicken & Rice Guys food trucks in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2017 sickened at least 14 people. Those sickened ate either at the Chicken & Rice Guys restaurants or at one of the five food trucks the company operates in the Boston area. According to the last report about this outbreak, ten of the 14 sickened were hospitalized because they were so sick. Now, across the country in Kern County, CA, Kern County Public Health Services is launching a new food safety awareness campaign that focuses on mobile food vendors. It's called "Safe Eats on Kern Streets," and the plan is to inform consumers about food truck safety. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who is representing clients sickened in the Chicken & Rice Guys outbreak said, "food … [Read more...]

Chicken & Rice Guys E. Coli Outbreak Grows to 15 Sick

According to the Boston Globe, 15 people are now sick in the Chicken & Rice Guys E. coli outbreak in Boston, Massachusetts. Officials are testing food taken from the restaurants, along with stool samples from 120 employees. The restaurants and food trucks are closed during this investigation. Ten people had to be hospitalized in this outbreak. That is a high percentage in the average E. coli outbreak. The first person got sick on March 30, 2017, and the most recent diagnosis was April 4, 2017. According to the Globe story, Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Boston Public Health Commission said that none of those sickened had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of an E. coli infection. Most of the patients are in … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Chicken & Rice Guys Sickens 14 in Boston

Ana Karina Vivas from the Boston Public Health Commission told Food Poisoning Bulletin that 14 people have been sickened with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections. That company has four restaurants and five food trucks that operate in the area. Nine of the patients are Boston, Massachusetts residents. All of the illnesses have been confirmed by laboratory tests. A preliminary investigation has found that ten of those sickened reported eating at a Chicken & Rice Guys restaurant or food truck before becoming ill. Ten of the fourteen people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. There is no word on whether the patients are still hospitalized, or if any of them have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious and potentially life-threatening … [Read more...]

E coli Outbreak at Chicken & Rice Guys in Boston

An E. coli outbreak has sickened seven people and closed some of the Chicken & Rice Guys restaurants in Boston. The facility's food trucks are also shut down, according to the Boston Globe.  The company has four food trucks which serve the Greater Boston area. The illnesses are tied to the Allston, Massachusetts location. That facility supplies food to the rest of the restaurant chain's locations and the food trucks. Their operating license has been temporarily suspended by public health officials while the investigation is occurring. An anonymous complaint triggered the investigation on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Public health inspectors are at the Allston site and are trying to discover the source of the outbreak. There is no word on what type of food, if any, investigators … [Read more...]

All I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and Healthy Granola Recalled

The SoyNut Butter Company of Illinois is recalling all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy granola products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. A multistate outbreak linked to those products has sickened at least 12 people, most of them children. These products were distributed in multiple states and may have been purchased in retail stores or through mail order. They were also distributed to childcare centers and schools. All Best Buy dates of all varieties are being recalled. I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter is available in 15 ounce plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 pound plastic tubs, or 45 pound pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate. The granola … [Read more...]

I.M. Healthy Soy Nut Butter Associated with E. coli Outbreak

The CDC and FDA are warning consumers not to eat "I.M. Healthy" brand soy nut butter products because they may be associated with a multi-state E. coli O157 outbreak. The CDC and the FDA are collaborating with the states involved to investigate a cluster of illnesses that are closely related genetically. That indicates a common food source. Epidemiological evidence collected to date indicates that the I.M. Healthy brand Soy Nut Butter products may be contamianted with this pathogenic bacteria and are a "likely source of this outbreak," according to the CDC. We do know that at least one ill person lives in Maryland, since the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene posted a notice about the outbreak on their web site. That patient consumed I.M. Healthy soy nut butter … [Read more...]

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