September 17, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak at Elite Childcare Academy in Omaha, NE

A possible Salmonella outbreak at Elite Childcare Academy in Omaha, Nebraska may have sickened an unknown number of children, according to news reports. The Douglas County Health Department is investigating. One hundred children are enrolled. Officials do not know how many children may have been sickened, since there can be a 72 hour incubation period with Salmonella infections. The business told news outlets that there are confirmed cases of Salmonella among some of the children. Moreover, some children can be infected with the pathogen and not show any symptoms, but can pass the illness on to others. Investigators have not found the cause of the illnesses. The daycare sent a notice to parents and guardians of children who attend that daycare, asking them to complete a survey … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak in 2017 Associated with Well Water Supply in Nebraska

The February 22, 2019 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Morftality Weekly Report had a study about a Campylobacter outbreak in 2017 that was associated with the municipal water supply in Nebraska. At least 39 people were sickened after they drank untreated city water. The city was not named, just called "City A." Apparently, a center pivot irrigation system, that was supposed to pump livestock waste into farmland malfunctioned. Runoff collected in a road ditch near two wells that fed the water supply. There were 33 probable and 6 confirmed cases in this outbreak. Untreated unboiled city A tap water was the only exposure that was significantly associated with illness. The city is served by four untreated wells and an interconnected distribution system. After the wells were … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Hy-Vee Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Salads; Lawsuits Possible

The FDA has weighed in on the Hy-Vee Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads. At least 21 people in five states have been sickened in this outbreak. Five people are hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. The case count by state is: Iowa (8), Minnesota (7), Missouri (1), Nebraska (4), and South Dakota (1). The patient age range is from 5 to 89. Illness onset dates range from June 23, 2018 to July 3, 2018. The FDA first learned about this outbreak on July 16, 2018. The FDA, CDC, and state partners started investigating this outbreak and identified Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad as a possible source of these illnesses. On that same day, Hy-Vee removed the Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its 244 stores located in llinois, Iowa, Kansas, … [Read more...]

Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad Linked to Salmonella Sandiego Outbreak; 20 in MN, SD, NE, MO, and IA Sick; Some May Sue

Hy-Vee is recalling its Spring Pasta Salad because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Twenty-one people in Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa are sick and are linked to this recalled product. Five people have been hospitalized. The recall includes Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salads in both 1 pound and 3 pound containers. The salads were produced between June 1, 2018 and July 13, 2018, and are available from the deli service case in those stores. The expiration date range is from June 22, 2018 to August 3, 2018. The pasta salad was distributed to all of Hy-Vee's 244 grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Hy-Vee removed all of the Spring Pasta Salad from its shelves and service cases on July 16, … [Read more...]

Lawsuits Filed as Deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Linked to Romaine Grows to 172 Sick

Lawsuits are being filed as the deadly E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has now sickened 172 people in 32 states. That's an addition of 23 more ill persons since the last update 7 days ago. And three more states have reported patients: Iowa, Nebraska, and Oregon. The patient case count by state in this deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is: Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (39), Colorado (3), Connecticut (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Idaho (11), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Michigan (5), Minnesota (12), Mississippi (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), New York (5), North Dakota (2), Ohio (6), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (21), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), … [Read more...]

Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Cases Increase to 170 Sick

The Fareway chicken salad Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak has more than doubled, according to a new update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now another 105 people in 6 states are sick. That means that at least 170 people are sick in this outbreak as of March 6, 2018. The update says that the newly ill persons likely bought the contaminated Fareway chicken salad before it was recalled. The most recent illness began on February 18, 2018. Two more states have been added to the outbreak: Indiana, with one ill person, and South Dakota, with two ill persons. The case count by state is: Illinois (9), Indiana (1), Iowa (149), Minnesota (3), Nebraska (5), South Dakota (2), and Texas (1). Illness onset dates range from January 8, 2018 to February 18, 2018. The patient … [Read more...]

CDC Starts Investigating Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Linked to Triple T/Fareway Chicken Salad

The Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Triple T/Fareway chicken salad is now being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The government is recommending that people do not eat recalled chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores in the Midwest. While the Iowa Department of Health is reporting much higher numbers (37 confirmed and 78 probable cases as of February 20, 2018), the CDC says that 65 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from five states. Twenty-eight people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. The case count by state is: Illinois (4), Iowa (55), Minnesota (2), Nebraska (3), and Texas (1). The state of Texas has now been added to the outbreak total. These are … [Read more...]

Two People in South Dakota, One in Nebraska, and One in Minnesota Sickened in Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak

The large Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Fareway chicken salad has sickened more than 100 people in Iowa. But there are also ill persons in other states. That chicken salad, made by Triple T Specialty Meats, has now been recalled. One person in Nebraska has been sickened, according to Leah Bucco-White, Public Information Officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. That person was hospitalized  because their illness was so serious. And two people in South Dakota are being investigated, according to Derrick Haskins, Communication Director of the South Dakota Department of Health; they may be associated with this outbreak. One of those people was hospitalized. And one person in Minnesota, living in Martin county, has been confirmed ill with Salmonella … [Read more...]

Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Outbreak: How Do Pathogens Get Into Ready-to-Eat Products?

A huge Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak in Iowa has been linked to recalled Fareway chicken salad. At least 94 people are sick in that state, and one person in Minnesota is sick. There may be illnesses as well in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Illinois, states where Fareway Foods has stores. The USDA has issued a public health alert about this problem. How does chicken salad get contaminated in the first place? Anyone who is familiar with food safety understands that chicken is commonly contaminated with this pathogen. But chicken salad is made from cooked chicken. The answer is that foods can be contaminated anywhere along the food supply chain. Contamination can happen if the chicken is not properly cooked to a safe final internal temperature. Cross-contamination could have … [Read more...]

Ninety-Four Sick in Iowa in Fareway Chicken Salad Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak

The Iowa Department of Public Health just published information about case counts in the Fareway chicken salad Salmonella outbreak. As of noon Friday, February 16, 2016, there are 28 confirmed cases and 66 probable cases os Salmonella Typhimurium in Iowa. According to some news reports, one person in Martin county in Minnesota is also sick. The confirmed case definition is "Persons with Salmonella Typhimurium (confirmed or visual match to Pattern JPXX01.0275) with illness onset since January 1, 2018 reporting consumption of chicken salad from Fareway (any store) in the 7 days prior to illness onset." The probable case definition is: "Persons that are epi linked to a confirmed case (all confirmed cases are laboratory confirmed) OR Persons who test positive by CIDT or culture … [Read more...]

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