February 27, 2024

Hepatitis A Exposure at Two Restaurants in Westbrook, Maine

There is a possible hepatitis A exposure at two restaurants in Westbrook, Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). A food worker worked at those establishments while infectious. The restaurants are Legends Rest Taproom and Paper City BBQ, which are both located at 855 Maine Street in Westbrook. The dates where the employee was working are: January 14, January 17 to the 21st, January 24 to the 28th, January 31, and February 2, 3, and 4 in 2024. Anyone who ate there or ordered takeout from those locations during those dates could have been exposed to the virus. Unfortunately, the hepatitis A vaccine is most effective when given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who ate there or ate food prepared at those establishments … [Read more...]

The Dockside Grill Hepatitis A Exposure in Falmouth, Maine

The Dockside Grill Hepatitis A exposure in Falmouth, Maine potentially exposed customers to the virus, according to the Maine CDC. A food service worker worked at that restaurant while he or she was contagious. That restaurant is located at 215 Foreside Road in Falmouth. If you ate at that restaurant, or ordered takeout from the restaurant during the following dates, you could be at risk for a hepatitis A infection. The dates are October 23 through October 25, 2023, and November 6 through November 8, 2023. There is no concern about exposure outside of these dates. If you ate there during those dates had takeout food and still have those items in your fridge, discard them immediately. Unfortunately, anyone who ate there in October is most likely no longer eligible for a hepatitis … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Restaurants About Future Seafoods Raw Oysters

The FDA is warning restaurants not to serve Future Seafoods raw oysters from Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella and generic E. coli bacteria. Restaurants and food retailers in these states may have recently purchased those oysters: Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Consumers may have purchased the oysters. The Future Seafoods harvest number is PE 4217 SP). The oysters were harvested in October 10, 2023 from the harvest area PE9B and then sold to those restaurants and retailers. Contaminated oysters can cause serious illness if they are eaten raw. Food that is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli will look, smell, and taste normal, and their texture is not … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Green Elephant Bistro in Portland, Maine

A possible Hepatitis A exposure occurred at the Green Elephant Bistro in Portland, Maine for about the last month, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The food service worker worked while infectious at the restaurant, that is located at 608 Congress Street in Portland. The worker was at the restaurant handing food during their infectious period during these dates: 9/21 (dinner only) 9/23 (lunch and dinner) 9/24 (dinner only) 9/27 (dinner only) 9/28 (lunch and dinner) 9/30 (lunch and dinner) 10/1 (dinner only) 10/4 (dinner only) 10/5 (dinner only) Anyone who ate at that restaurant during those days could be at risk for developing hepatitis A. If you bought or ate takeout food or drink from the restaurant during those … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis Exposure at Marco’s Italian Restaurant in Maine

A possible Hepatitis A exposure occurred in September at Marco's Italian Restaurant in Lewiston, Maine. This is according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is part of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. That restaurant is located at 12 Mollison Way in Lewiston. The infected food service worker worked at that restaurant on these dates: September 11, 13, 15 through 16, 18, 20 through 22, 25, and 27 through 28, 2023. Anyone who ate food and drink from that restaurant, or purchased food to go during those days may have been exposed to the virus. The hepatitis A vaccine, which prevents infection, is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who ate there before September 21, 2023 needs to monitor their … [Read more...]

Skowhegan Maine Walmart Employee Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A Walmart employee at a store in Skowhegan, Maine has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That person did handle food while infectious. The Walmart is located at 60 Fairgrounds Market Place in Skowhegan. Anyone who purchased or ate food from the deli in that specific Walmart on these dates is at risk for contracting hepatitis A. No other food or items were potentially contaminated. May 7, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 8, 10, 11, 12, and 14, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 15, 17, 18, 19, and 21, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you did eat food prepared at the deli at that store on those dates and during those times, and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, you should get vaccinated. … [Read more...]

Hardie’s Crabmeat Salmonella Outbreak in Maine Sickens Five

A Hardie's crabmeat Salmonella outbreak in Maine has sickened five people, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). Four of the patients live in Maine, and one patient lives in New Hampshire. Two people were hospitalized because they were so sick. An investigation launched by the Maine CDC and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry found that the crabmeat was most likely contaminated during preparation and packaging. According to the press release, the establishment's owners have addressed investigator's concerns about the contaminated crabmeat, and there is no evidence that crabmeat currently being sold by Hardie's poses a risk to consumers. Crab from Hardie's was sold at multiple locations throughout Maine, but … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Positive Food Worker at R&M IGA in Eastport, Maine

A hepatitis A positive food worker at the R&M IGA store in Eastport, Maine worked in the deli while infectious for several periods during May 2021, according to a press release from the Maine Centers for Disease Control. Anyone who ordered deli food from that establishment during the time periods stated may be at risk for contracting the virus. The person handled food in the deli at the store, which is located at 88 Washington Street in Eastport, Maine from May 3 to 6, May 8, May 10 to 13, May 15, and May 18-20. Any deli food that was purchased from that store during the time frame of May 3 to 22, 2021 should be discarded or cooked thoroughly to 165°F before consuming. Epidemiological assessment of the employee found that patrons of the establishment may be at risk. The … [Read more...]

Maine CDC Warns of Possible E. coli Exposure at Morse’s Sauerkraut

Various news outlets are reporting that the Maine CDC says that there is a possible E. coli exposure at Morse's Sauerkraut located in Waldoboro, Maine. A food handler allegedly worked while infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) from April 1, 2021 through May 13, 2021. The government has determined that patrons of that facility may be at risk for a STEC infection. Anyone who bought deli items from Morse's Sauerkraut between April 1, 2021 and May 13, 2021 should watch for symptoms of this infection. Symptoms usually develop a few days after exposure, but can show up as late as 10 days later. People usually experience a mild fever, nausea and vomiting, severe and painful abdominal and stomach cramps, and diarrhea that is bloody or watery. The Maine CDC recommends that … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A in a Food Worker at Circle K in Orono, Maine

The Maine Centers for Disease Control has issued a health advisory about hepatitis A in a food worker at Circle K at 2 Stillwater Avenue in Orono, Maine. That person handled food while infectious on these dates in 2021: March 6 to 9, March 13 to 16, and March 20 to 21. That means that patrons of that restaurant who ate food at that location or anyone who worked at the restaurant on those dates may have been exposed to hepatitis A. Unfortunately, it's too late for anyone who was at that facility from March 6 to 9, 2021 to receive the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. All those people can do is monitor their health for the symptoms of the infection. If you were at that restaurant on the other two date ranges, plan to get a hepatitis A vaccine within 14 days of your … [Read more...]

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