January 18, 2017

Food Poisoning Outbreak at NM Department of Health Luncheon

The Santa Fe New Mexican is reporting that a food poisoning outbreak has occurred at the state Department of Health's annual holiday luncheon. Dozens of employees got sick after eating at that party last week. The event was held at the Harold Runnels Building. More than 200 employees were at the luncheon, and about 70 people suffered from gastrointestinal issues after eating. The party was catered by an unnamed facility. There may have been cross-contamination of foods served during the event. But the outbreak may have been caused by Bacillus cereus or Clostridium perfringens, common pathogens that cause a lot of illness this time of the year. Those pathogens usually sicken people when food is prepared in large amounts and served to large groups. It can be difficult to keep … [Read more...]

Food Poisoning Outbreak in San Antonio, Texas

A vague notice about a food poisoning outbreak in San Antonio, Texas, was posted by the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District on December 20, 2016. People got sick after attending an event sponsored by the Education Investment Foundation for San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) residents. The statement reads, in its entirety, "The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is investigating an illness occurring in individuals that attended an event sponsored by the Education Investment Foundation for San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) residents. Metro Health is conducting an epidemiological public health investigation of a cluster of individuals becoming ill after attending the event. Metro Health has been working with SAHA on the preliminary investigation … [Read more...]

Outbreak at Antioch American Legion Thanksgiving: Clostridium perfringens

The deadly food poisoning outbreak at the Thanksgiving dinner served at the Antioch American Legion was caused by Clostridium perfringens, according to Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). Lab tests came back from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirming the bacteria in the food. A community church served the food at that event. Some of the food was prepared in home kitchens. Clostridium perfringens bacteria is a common cause of foodborne illness outbreaks, especially when large amounts of food are served by inexperienced handlers. Dr. Louise McNitt, deputy health officer for Contra County Health Services said in a statement, "Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S. It can be found in the human intestine without … [Read more...]

Clostridium Perfringens was in Gravy at Golden Ponds NY Restaurant

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Clostridium perfringens in gravy was the probable cause of the large food poisoning outbreak at Golden Ponds restaurant in Greece, New York on Thanksgiving 2016. Laboratory testing found the bacteria in gravy samples taken from the restaurant and in stool samples of patients who ate there. More than 260 people were sickened in that outbreak. And four of those patients were hospitalized because their illness was so severe. All have been released from the hospital, and everyone has recovered. The restaurant apparently made the gravy in a very large single container. It can be very difficult to keep food served and stored in large containers at a safe serving temperature. Clostridium perfringens bacteria are present in human intestines, in … [Read more...]

Golden Ponds Restaurant Outbreak Sickens 260 in New York

The food poisoning outbreak at Golden Ponds restaurant in Greece, New York on Thanksgiving Day this year has sickened at least 260 people, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. The restaurant, located at 500 Long Pond Road, was closed on November 25, 2016 after reports of illness began coming into the Monroe County Health Department. Lab tests on stool samples and food samples have not been completed. The New York State Department of Health laboratory in Albany is conducting the tests. According to the paper, Monroe County Health Department spokesman John Ricci said that more than 80 people contacted officials about getting sick after eating at the restaurant. Those 80 people reported the illnesses of others who dined with them, bringing the total up. Ricci said, "the vast, … [Read more...]

Outbreak at Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, MS

News reports are stating that an investigation is being conducted at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Mississippi after a gastrointestinal outbreak. Forty-seven of the 514 residents of that facility reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nine of the elderly residents had to be hospitalized. There is no official word on the pathogen responsible for this outbreak, but one news report quoted a retired state health department officer as calling it a "cruise ship illness" which is likely norovirus. Norovirus causes these symptoms, which occur quickly. The virus is extremely contagious and passes through populations such as care facilities and schools. The elderly are more susceptible to serious complications from this type of illness because dehydration … [Read more...]

Golden Ponds Restaurant in NY Closed After Outbreak

According to news reports, the Monroe County Health Department has asked Golden Ponds Restaurant in Greece, New York to close after an apparent food poisoning outbreak. At least 60 people got sick after eating Thanksgiving dinner at that restaurant. Dozens of people experienced violent diarrhea after that meal. Two people were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe. Officials think that many more people could be sick but don't realize they may have food poisoning. Public health officials sent an inspector to the restaurant the day after Thanksgiving, and food leftover from the Thanksgiving meal was collected for testing. Lab tests will not be back for a few days. The inspection on Friday revealed violations that could levy fines. The owner is cooperating with the … [Read more...]

At Least 16 Sick After Thanksgiving at Antioch American Legion

According to the Contra Costa County Health Services, new cases have been reported that are related to a foodborne illness outbreak at the Antioch American Legion Thanksgiving dinner. A news conference about this outbreak was held November 29, 2016. Earlier reports stated that eight cases of possible foodborne illness were connected to that dinner. Three of those people have died. These illnesses and deaths were reported to Public Health on November 25 by Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, California. All of those people ate food from the holiday event at the American Legion Hall. Now the department is investigating an additional eight people who were likely sickened by food or drink consumed at the same event. None of those people were hospitalized. News reports state that … [Read more...]

People Dead After Thanksgiving Meal at Antioch American Legion

CBS News is reporting that three people are dead and five are sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal at the Antioch American Legion Hall in California. All of those people were admitted to Sutter Delta Medical Center on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2016 with symptoms of food poisoning. Golden Hills Community Church was allegedly responsible for making the meal served to people that day, according to the report. Other food was donated from restaurants in the area, and volunteers made some of the food. Of the eight who were sickened, three people died, four were treated and then released, and one person is still hospitalized. Health Services spokeswoman Victoria Balladares said in a statement, "if it were a food borne outbreak, we'd expect to see a lot more people … [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...]

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