January 16, 2018

E. coli and Cryptosporidium Cases Rise in Michigan

Cases of E. coli and Cryptosporidium increased this summer in two counties in Michigan, according to the Health Department. Jennifer Morse, medical director of three regional health departments in that state said in a statement, "These increases are concerning because the resulting illness can be life-threatening. With the investigations that have been completed thus far, the major source seems to be coming from farm animals." These illnesses occurred in Mecosta and Newaygo counties in Michigan. This is important information, since we are approaching the time when many farms open their gates to tourism. Apple picking season is here. Deadly food poisoning outbreaks linked to farms have increased in the past few years. In fact, in 2013, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Dehn's Pumpkins in … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Cases at Two Restaurants in Grosse Pointe, MI

Cases of hepatitis A have been reported at two restaurants in Michigan, according to news sources. The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness is investigating illnesses at Uncle Paul's Pizza at 21215 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering at 15110 Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park. Some news outlets state that there are two people sick; others say "multiple cases." Anyone who ate food or drank beverages from those facilities between August 1 and September 29, 2017 should either be vaccinated or watch for symptoms of the illness. Anyone who ate at those restaurants on or after September 18, 2017 can be vaccinated against the disease. If you ate at those places before that date, it's too late for a shot. There is a … [Read more...]

Worker at Meijer in Michigan Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A bakery food worker at the Meijer store in Mount Pleasant Michigan has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Michigan Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture and Rural Development Anyone who ate baked goods made on-site at that store in late August and in September may have been exposed to the virus. The store is located at 1015 Pickard Street in Mount Pleasant. The worker made the products between August 23 and September 20, 2017. The baked goods have a Meijer Bakery label, and include individual items such as single doughnuts and rolls from the self-serve case. If you have any products from that store in your home, they should be discarded. Freezing doesn't kill the hepatitis A virus. No illnesses have been identified from this exposure so far. … [Read more...]

Small Salmonella Outbreak in Marquette County, Michigan

The Marquette County Health Department has issued a press release about a "small Salmonella outbreak among residents." There is no information on the release about the number of people sickened, whether or not anyone has been hospitalized, or if a particular food or restaurant is to blame. In the past Salmonella outbreaks have bene linked to undercooked poultry, undercooked and raw eggs, contaminated greens and other produce, especially hot peppers and herbs. This year, Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill in New Haven, Connecticut, to backyard poultry flocks, to at least one restaurant in Boston, and to Duffy's Bar and Grill in Osseo, Minnesota. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and a fever. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Saintpaul Outbreak in Michigan Sickens 15

A Salmonella saintpaul outbreak has sickened 15 people, according to the Oakland County Health Division in Pontiac, Michigan. The notice states that cases have also been identified in other counties in Michigan, as well as in Ohio and Illinois. The notice from public health officials quotes Dr. Pamela Hackert, chief of medical services at the Health Division, who said, "The ongoing investigation suggests that the Salmonella is being spread through personal contact. Residents are reminded to wash their hands thoroughly before every meal and after using the restroom." But according to Rochester Patch, a popular Mexican restaurant in downtown Rochester has been closed due to "Salmonella concerns." Rojo Mexican Bistro has been temporarily closed "after several diners were recently … [Read more...]

CDC Joins Shigella Outbreak Investigation in Michigan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined the investigation of the 2016 Shigella outbreak in Michigan that has sickened 177 people. Those cases are in two counties: Saginaw and Genesee, which is where Flint is located. At least 27 people have been hospitalized in this particular outbreak because their illnesses were so severe. Officials say that there were fewer new shigellosis cases in September, and the cases that were reported in October are being analyzed. The CDC is working with state and local officials, partner organizations, and community residents to try to find the source of this outbreak. The illnesses in this outbreak were reported to public health officials between March 1 and October 26, 2016. While there are typically about 300 to 400 cases of … [Read more...]

Shigella Outbreak in Flint, Michigan Adds to City’s Woes

A Shigella outbreak in Flint, Michigan in Genesee County is compounding the trouble in that city that began when an administrator appointed by Governor Rick Snyder switched the city's water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River to save money. Government officials did not treat the water with anti-corrosive compounds. Residents began complaining almost immediately about foul-smelling, discolored water. The water was so corrosive it leached lead from old pipes in the city's water system and homes. Many of the city's children have now suffered lead poisoning, with possibly permanent health consequences. A Legionnaires' Disease outbreak, which sickened 87 people and killed 10 people, may have also been connected to the water switch, although no … [Read more...]

E. coli Grassfields Cheese Sold at Some Michigan Restaurants

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a press release about the E. coli outbreak linked to the consumption of recalled Grassfields cheeses. At least seven people are sick with non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections. Six of those sickened live in Calhoun, St. Clair, Wayne, Kent, and Livingston counties in Michigan; a seventh case is from out of state. The six people in Michigan have laboratory confirmed illnesses and are ill with the same outbreak strain of E. coli bacteria. Several of those sickened reported eating meals made with Grassfields cheese products in "multiple restaurant settings," according to the press release. Samples of the cheeses have been collected from restaurants and from the Grassfields Cheese facility in Coopersville, … [Read more...]

Grassfields Cheese Recalled for E. coli; Associated With Outbreak

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is warning the public not to consume Grassfields Cheese, because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). About 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses are being recalled. The cheese was sold from the firm's retail store at 14238 60th Avenue in Coopersville, Michigan to wholesale and retail customers. The cheese was also sold nationwide through the company's website. The cheese is associated with a STEC outbreak that has sickened at least seven people between March and July 2016. All of those sickened have the same outbreak strain of E. coli bacteria. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Geagley Laboratory confirmed the presence of STEC bacteria in a sample of … [Read more...]

Twelve Now Dead in Flint, MI Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak

A statement that two more people in the Flint area have been added to the death toll of the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak has been released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). That outbreak may be linked to the city's contaminated water supply. Public health officials reviewed hospital data and discovered three more cases; two of those people died. Now 12 people are dead from Legionnaires' Disease in that city in this particular outbreak. Ninety-one confirmed cases of the illness were diagnosed from June 2014 through October 2015, after a city manager appointed by Republican governor Rick Snyder, changed the city's water supply from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River to save money. Residents immediately noticed that the water … [Read more...]

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