October 17, 2017

Two More Dead in Quincy Veterans’ Home Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Two more people have died in the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the Quincy, Illinois Veterans' Home, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. Since the outbreak began last month, the number of people who have died is twelve, including one person who did not live at that facility. At least 45 more people, including five workers, are also ill at the Veterans' Home. Those who died had underlying health problems. No new cases have been reported since the last update. Public health officials do not know where the bacteria were growing. They continue to investigate the outbreak and are taking environmental tests. Lab results are pending. Legionnaires' Disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria, which grows in warm water. In large outbreaks, evaporative condensers, … [Read more...]

More Sick in Quincy Veterans’ Home Legionnaries’ Outbreak

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports today that there are 53 people sickened in the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy. Nine people have died. Legionnaires' Disease is a severe type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria. This bacteria grows in warm water systems, especially in large buildings. Cooling towers, hot water tanks, whirlpool spas, evaporative condensers, showers, plumbing systems, and fountains are commonly contaminated with this bacteria. The bacteria leaves the building, plumbing, towers, or fountains in the form of mist. When it is inhaled into the lungs, it can cause the illness. Legionnaires' Disease is not transmitted person-to-person, unlike ordinary pneumonia. The incubation period of this disease is … [Read more...]

Another Death from Legionnaires’ Disease in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a news release stating that another person has died from Legionnaires' Disease in Quincy. Four new cases of the illness have also been reported. These cases are not related to the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the Quincy Veterans' Home, according to public officials. The Adams County Health Department Administrator Jerrod Welch said in a statement, "as part of our investigation of the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home-Quincy, we asked our local health care providers to help us with surveillance of the disease and test individuals in the community who have symptoms related to Legionnaires' Disease. We have thoroughly investigated each confirmed case for a connection with the outbreak, as well as any … [Read more...]

Seven Have Died in Quincy IL Veterans Home Legionnaires’ Outbreak

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that as of Tuesday, September 1, 2015, seven people have died in the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at the Veterans Home in Quincy. At least 39 people are sickened in that outbreak. That is an increase of three deaths and 10 more cases since the weekend. Legionella bacteria causes Legionnaires' Disease. It grows in warm water systems, such as cooling towers, fountains, and the plumbing systems of large buildings. The bacteria causes the illness when it is inhaled in mist or vapor. People can also aspirate contaminated water; it gets into the lungs and causes this pneumonia-like illness. This disease is not transmitted person-to-person. The incubation period of Legionnaries' Disease is two to fourteen days, but most often about five … [Read more...]

Four Dead in Quincy Illinois Veterans’ Homes Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Four people have died at the Quincy, Illinois Veterans' Home of complications from Legionnaires' Disease. Those four are among the 29 people who were diagnosed with the illness. That is an increase of six more patients who have been diagnosed since this weekend. The latest press release from the Illinois Government News Network, dated August 28, 2015, states that two people have died, but today's news reports state that four have died. The men who died were in their 80s and 90s. The source of the outbreak has not been found yet. Legionella bacteria commonly grow and thrive in water systems, such as cooling towers, water tanks, hot tubs, fountains, and plumbing systems in large buildings. A person becomes sick when they inhale vapor or mist from those outlets that is contaminated with … [Read more...]

Legionnaires at Quincy Illinois Veterans Home Sickens 23

A Legionnaires Disease outbreak has sickened at least 23 people at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy. The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are working with the Adams County Health Department to identify the source of the outbreak. Test results for other residents are pending. “Our Quincy Home staff and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) leadership are taking this situation seriously, as we do with any other situation facing our fellow veterans and residents,” said Erica L. Jeffries, Director, IDVA.  “The health, safety, and high quality of life for the residents remains our highest priority.  We will work with local, regional, and state partners to find and eliminate any potential source … [Read more...]

Illinois Sprouts Listeria Accountability Addressed in FDA Report

Food safety shortcomings at Wholesome Soy Products Inc. included employee practices that allowed for potential contamination in various ways, according to an FDA inspection report completed one month ago. The report, obtained by Food Poisoning Bulletin, was made in the wake of an Illinois outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes associated with mung bean sprouts. The outbreak, which also spread to Michigan, included the tragedy of two Listeria deaths. According to FDA documents, a team of four inspectors observed a variety of conditions and employee practices at Wholesome Soy Products over a series of 10 visits to the Chicago sprout-growing facility beginning October 7 and ending October 31. Seven days later, Wholesome Soy Products verbally agreed to close its facility, cease production and … [Read more...]

Possible Food Poisoning Outbreak in Mount Vernon, Illinois

A possible food poisoning outbreak in Mount Vernon in southern Illinois has sickened several people and hospitalized two people. A news report published in the Mount Vernon Register News. The Jefferson County Health Department is investigating. Apparently people started getting sick on April 6, 2014, although the illnesses were not reported until April 9. Public health officials will not say where the people who were sickened ate. We don't know if the outbreak started at a private event or a restaurant. There are 22 people who are part of the investigation, although some of them did not become ill. One patient told the Register News that they ate at the Holiday Inn before becoming ill. Food served there was prepared by a local restaurant. By the time the illnesses were reported, food … [Read more...]

Hacienda Don Villo Linked to Salmonella Outbreak in Illinois

Hacienda Don Villo, a restaurant in Channahon, Illinois, may be the source of an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning in Grundy County.  Attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is investigating the outbreak, said the restaurant has been closed. It is not yet known what food item served at the restaurant was contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.  Osterholm said in some outbreaks linked to restaurants, it’s not possible to identify the precise food product responsible for the illnesses.  If the contaminated product was produce, there is often none left to test by the time illnesses are reported to the health department. Also, if a person who was sickened had, for example, tacos, the adulterated product that caused illness could have been the lettuce, tomatoes, meat or an ingredient in the salsa. Even … [Read more...]

Les Freres Cheese Listeria Inspection Involves Two Agencies

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has joined the Food and Drug Adminstration in an inspection of  Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company in Waterloo, Wisconsin. The dual-agency review of Crave Brothers' facilities is part of a "fast-breaking investigation'' of a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has resulted in one miscarriage and the death of an older adult from Minnesota. The linkage between the health threat and Crave Brothers soft cheese was drawn to a point by preliminary pathogen testing of cheese samples taken from separate retail locations by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese and Petit Frère with Truffles were the two cheeses where Listeria was found. Listeriosis, a life-threatening foodborne disease, is especially … [Read more...]

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