July 19, 2018

Tennessee E. coli Outbreak That Sickened 15 Children Had Two Sources; Lawsuits Possible

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee that sickened fifteen children had two sources, according to the Knox County Health Department. Fifteen confirmed cases were reported to KCHD in the last several weeks in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Nine of those children were hospitalized because they were so sick in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Seven patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Of the children who were hospitalized, one remains in fair condition at Tennessee Children's Hospital. Lab reports confirmed that two different strains of E. coli O157 bacteria caused these illnesses. KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said in a statement, "“While it is rare, it appears we had two sets of children sickened by two different strains … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with I Love Sushi and Sodex Cafe Mario in Redmond, WA; Lawsuits Are Possible

A Shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak (STEC) associated with I Love Sushi and Sodex Cafe Mario in Redmond, Washington has been announced by Public Health - Seattle & King County. Four people are sick in this outbreak; one person has been hospitalized. The restaurants are located at Nintendo of America at 4600 150th Avenue NE in Redmond. The people who were sickened ate there during the time frame of June 18 - 22, 2018. The restaurants had current ratings of Good for I Love Sushi and Excellent for Cafe Mario. The press release states that Cafe Mario is operated by Sodexo and is not open to the public. Officials have not yet identified the source of the illnesses. They have also not released the patient age range, and have not said whether anyone has developed hemolytic … [Read more...]

Lawyer Explains Why Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Happens Every Year

A cyclospora outbreak in Texas has sickened at least 56 people, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. "This Texas cyclospora outbreak happens every year," said attorney Fred Pritzker. "There were hundreds of cases of cyclosporiasis last year in Texas and in the years before." Cyclosporiasis is caused by the cyclospora parasite. This parasite is ingested when contaminated water containing the sporulated organism gets onto fresh produce. When a person is infected, the parasite causes symptoms including explosive and watery diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, nausea, weight loss, and vomiting. Symptoms can last for weeks or months and can recur. "Past outbreaks have been associated with basil, snow peas, mesclun greens, and cilantro," Fred added. "These outbreaks … [Read more...]

Water World Cryptosporidium Giardia Outbreak in Federal Heights, CO; Lawsuits

A cryptosporidium and giardia outbreak have been associated with the Water World park in Federal Heights, Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. Two people have been diagnosed with cryptosporidium infections, and one person has been diagnosed with a giardia infection. This Water World cryptosporidium giardia outbreak was reported on June 28, 2018. People who are at risk for these infections visited Water World on Monday, June 11, Tuesday, June 12, or Wednesday, June 13, 2018. A power outage and repair of an improperly installed back flow prevention assembly likely allowed water from an irrigation pond to flow into the Water World drinking supply. Untreated water may have contaminated swimming pools and water features, drinking … [Read more...]

Del Monte Cyclospora Kwik Trip Outbreak Grows to 185 Sick; Lawsuits Filed

The Del Monte Cyclospora Kwik Trip outbreak has grown to include 185 people sick, according to the FDA. That number is current as of June 28, 2018; all cases are lab-confirmed. The ill persons live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Seven people have been hospitalized. These illnesses are associated with recalled Del Monte 6 ounce and 12 ounce vegetable trays containing broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and dill dip sold by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Del Monte is also recalling "small veggie trays" that are 28 ounces and include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, and dill dip and were sold in Illinois and Indiana. FDA hasn't identified which of these ingredients are contaminated with the one celled parasite. … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuit Filed As Huge Outbreak That Sickened 210 Ends

Romaine lettuce E. coli lawsuit has been filed as the huge outbreak linked to the leafy green ends. "This isn't the first time ready-to-eat produce has been linked to a deadly E. coli O157 outbreak," said Fred Pritzker, attorney and food safety expert, "but it is the largest outbreak of its kind since 2006." Two hundred ten people were sickened in this outbreak. And worse, 27 people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. On June 28, 2018 the FDA stated that an environmental assessment in the Yuma, Arizona growing region, where officials think the contaminated lettuce is from, found the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in Canada water. The pathogenic bacteria has the same genetic fingerprint as the bacteria isolated in patient samples. Officials also … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157 Outbreak Ends in Canada Too With No Answers

The romaine lettuce E. coli O157 outbreak that has sickened 197 people in the U.S. and killed 5 has been declared over in Canada by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The CDC and FDA in the United States have not declared an end to this outbreak, but do say that "product is no longer being harvested or distributed from this area and is no longer available in stores or restaurants, due to its 21-day shelf life." In Canada, eight people were sickened with E. coli O157 infections with a similar genetic fingerprint to people sickened in the U.S. there have not been any new illnesses reported to public health officials since late April 2018, so the outbreak notice states, "the Canadian outbreak appears to be over and the outbreak investigation has been closed." In the Canadian … [Read more...]

Two Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Melon and Cereal: How Does the Government Investigate?

There are currently two Salmonella outbreaks ongoing in this country. The first is a Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to precut fresh melons. At least 70 people have been sickened in this outbreak; 34 of those people have been hospitalized. And a Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak linked to recalled Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal has sickened at least 73 people; 24 have been hospitalized. So how does the government investigate these outbreaks? What's the timeline for these cases? How long does it take from when someone gets sick to when public health officials are informed? The time to illness that is, the time from when a person is exposed to Salmonella bacteria until they feel ill is usually about 1 to 3 days. Some people get sick within a few hours; others can take up to a … [Read more...]

Kellogg Salmonella Lawsuit Filed After Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to Outbreak

Kellogg Salmonella lawsuit has been filed after Honey Smacks cereal is linked to an outbreak. A Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak that has sickened at least 73 people in 31 states has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has represented many clients sickened with Salmonella infections in the past few years, said, "The hospitalization rate in this outbreak is about 44%, which is double the typical hospitalization rate for Salmonella outbreaks. "We don't know why people have been so sick in this particular outbreak. It could be because the strain of Salmonella that has contaminated this cereal is very virulent. Or the product could be contaminated with lots of bacteria," Fred added. The median age among patients is 58, … [Read more...]

Lawyer Explains That a Salmonella Clover Sprouts Outbreak May Be Announced

There isn't much information available, but another Salmonella outbreak may be associated with recalled clover sprouts, according to one sentence in an FDA recall notice. NOW Real Food Zesty Sprouting Mix in 16 ounce packages is being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. Lawyer and food safety expert Ryan Osterholm explains that a Salmonella clover sprouts outbreak may be announced soon. The recall notice contains an interesting sentence. It reads, "Evidence of potential contamination was implicated in ongoing FDA and CDC investigations into multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, of which the clover seed supplier was notified." No information about this potential Salmonella clover sprouts outbreak or outbreaks has been posted on the FDA or CDC sites. This … [Read more...]

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