March 19, 2018

Salmonella Outbreak at Best BBQ in Chicago, Illinois Sickens 14

A Salmonella outbreak at Best BBQ at 1648 West 115th Street in Morgan Park in Chicago has been identified by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). At least 14 people are sick in this outbreak. And at least six people have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. The Chicago Department of Public Health is recommending that anyone who ate at that restaurant recently and is suffering the symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning see a doctor as soon as possible. Tell the doctor you may have this foodborne illness. CDPH Commissioner Dr. Julie Morita said, "This is a serious condition that is treatable. Anyone who believes they may be symptomatic and ate at this restaurant should see their medical provider immediately. CDPH is taking every precaution as part of … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter Sickens 29

The CDC has announced that the E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter has grown again. Now 29 people in 12 states have been sickened in this outbreak. That is an increase of six people since the last update on March 21, 2017. Three more states are now included in the count: Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Twelve patients have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. Two of the newly sickened have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, which brings the total with HUS in this outbreak to nine. No deaths have been reported to date. The case count by state is: Arizona (4), California (5), Florida (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Oregon (9), Virginia … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Belleville Chili Cook-off in Illinois

The St. Clair County Health Department is investigating a Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened people who attended the Belleville Chili Cook-off on October 8, 2016. That event was held on October 7 and 8 in downtown Belleville, Illinois. More than 60 vendors attended the event. Those sickened live in multiple Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Lake, and one ill person lives in Missouri. The press release does not state how many people have been sickened in this outbreak, or if anyone has been hospitalized. The cluster of patients all have a matching PFGE pattern of JJPX01.0381. There is also no mention of possible sources of the bacteria, or how the health department is investigating the outbreak. The county is asking that all local health departments should … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Outbreak in Danville, IL Sickens Three

A possible Legionnaires' Disease outbreak in Danville, Illinois may have sickened three people. Doug Toole, public health administrator at the Vermilion County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin that three people developed the illness after visiting the Red Roof Inn at 389 Lynch Drive in Danville between October 2015 and September 2016. Two of those sickened are from Michigan, and the other patient lives in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health collected samples from that facility on October 5, 2016. The hotel has closed the hotel's pool and whirlpool, according to news reports. An advisory posted at the Vermilion County Health Department web site doesn't say much other than give facts about Legionnaires' Disease. This illness is caused by … [Read more...]

New IL Legionnaires Disease Case: Quincy Veteran’s Home Possible Source

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that a confirmed case of Legionnaires' Disease has been diagnosed in an Adams County resident. That county is where the Quincy Veteran's Home, which had a Legionnaires' outbreak last fall, is located. That outbreak in August and September 2015, sickened 45 people and killed twelve. Most of those who were sickened lived or worked at the Veteran's Home. The buildings at that facility are old, but officials replaced the water system after that outbreak, and they added a new water treatment facility that provides thermal and chemical treatments to control bacteria. The water systems in older buildings are more likely to harbor legionella bacteria. The bacteria are released into the air through vapor or mist from showers, … [Read more...]

New Cases of Shigellosis in Winnebago County, Illinois

The Winnebago County Health Department in Illinois is reporting additional cases of Shigellosis in the area, bring the new total to 152 since October 2015. Most of these cases have affected children in daycare and elementary schools. Shigellosis is a diarrheal illness that causes diarrhea that can be bloody, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. Symptoms usually begin one to day days after exposure to the pathogenic bacteria, which is very infectious. The illness is spread by contaminated hands touching food or drink or your mouth. Surfaces such as toys, bathroom fixtures, diaper pails, and changing tables can become contaminated by feces from an infected person. The epidemiologic curve has slowed. The peak of the outbreak was in late November 2015 to late December 2015. No one source … [Read more...]

Illinois Veterans Home Replaces Water System after Legionnaires Outbreak

The Illinois Veterans Home, where a deadly Legionnaires' outbreak killed 12 people is replacing its water system and making repairs. Last August and September, at least 45 people living at that facility were sickened and 12 people died after contracting the illness. Legionnaires' Disease bacteria, also called Legionella, lives and grows in water systems, especially in older buildings. The bacteria is hard to kill and can thrive for years in a system until an outbreak occurs. The bacteria is released in vapor or mist from showers, fountains, air conditioning units, cooling towers, HVAC units, hot tubs, and other water systems. When people, especially those in high risk groups, breathe in the vapor, they can get sick. Anyone who is over the age of 50, who has underlying health problems … [Read more...]

Apple Cider Outbreak in Pike County, IL Grows to 70 Sick

The food poisoning outbreak linked to apple cider consumed and sold at the Pike County Fall Color Drive in Illinois on October 17 and 18, 2015 has grown to include at least 70 people as of November 6, 2015. Adams and Pike County Health Departments are investigating the outbreak. Those sickened drank apple cider from vendors at several different locations during the event. Those sickened have been experiencing diarrhea, cramping, and vomiting. Case patients range in age from less than one year to 89 years old. Several people have been hospitalized because their illnesses have been so serious. The illness onset rates in this outbreak range from October 18 through November 4, 2015. New illnesses are being reported daily, according to public health officials. Symptoms include profuse … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in Pike County, IL Linked to Apple Cider

A cryptosporidium outbreak in Pike County, Illinois has sickened at least 30 people, according to the Pike County Health Department. The initial announcement stated that the outbreak pathogen had not yet been identified, and directed health care providers to test patients for both E. coli and Cryptosporidium. Those sickened attended the Pike County Fall Color Drive on October 17 and 18, 2015 in Barry, Illinois. This event is a large fall festival that spans several communities in the county. Patients who have been sick consumed apple cider from vendors at two locations.  News reports have identified the outbreak as cryptosporidiosis, and the symptoms mentioned in the press release from Pike County are those of cryptosporidiosis. Symptoms of those sickened include profuse and … [Read more...]

Senator Asks for Investigation into Quincy IL Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate that the Quincy Illinois Veterans' Home is taking the proper steps in the deadly Legionnaires' outbreak. Fifty-four people have been sickened with Legionnaires' Disease in that part of the state, and 13 people have died, including one person who was not living at the Veterans' Home. The Illinois Department of Public Health just released an update on this outbreak. Durbin wrote, "The Illinois Veterans' Home-Quincy is the largest and oldest veterans' home in Illinois, providing long-term care for veterans and their families since its inception in 1886. However, the size of the campus and the age of its infrastructure and plumbing have made it … [Read more...]

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