October 17, 2017

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 210; Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

The deadly multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas has been updated by the CDC. There are four separate strains of Salmonella bacteria in this particular outbreak. There are now 210 people sickened in this outbreak. The bacteria in this outbreak include Salmonella Thompson, Salmonella Kiambu, Salmonella Agona, and Salmonella Gaminara. These strains of bacteria were found in ill persons and in samples collected from imported Maradol papayas. As of September 11, 2017, 210 people have been sickened in 24 states. Sixty-seven ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City. That is an increase of 10 more ill persons from 7 states since the last update on September 1, 2017. The case count by state is: California (1), … [Read more...]

Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak Has Sickened 141

The deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Maradol papayas has now sickened at least 141 people in 19 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty two more ill people from 15 states have been added to the investigation since the last update last Friday. Three more states have now reported patents: Illinois, Ohio, and Texas. The case count by state is: Connecticut (5), Delaware (4), Iowa (2), Illinois (2), Kentucky (3), Louisiana (2), Maryland (8), Massachusetts (6), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), North Carolina (3), New Jersey (27) New York (39), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), Pennsylvania (8), Texas (7), Virginia (14), and Wisconsin (1). Forty-five ill persons have been hospitalized. One death was reported from New York … [Read more...]

New York Hard Hit by Deadly Papaya Salmonella Outbreak

The deadly multistate Salmonella Kiambu outbreak linked to imported papayas has sickened at least 13 people in New York State. And the death in this outbreak occurred in New York City. That outbreak has sickened at least 47 people in 12 states. The case count by state is: Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (5), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), New Jersey (12), New York (13), Pennsylvania (4), Texas (1), Utah (1), and Virginia (6) as of July 27, 2017. Twelve people have been. hospitalized in this outbreak. The outbreak first came to attention in Maryland. An illness cluster was identified there. Interviews with patients revealed that they ate Caribeña brand Maradol papayas purchased from the same grocery store. Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson bacteria were … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Warning for Westchester County, New York

Customers at the Monteverde at Oldstone restaurant in Cortlandt Manor, New York may have been exposed to hepatitis A. If you ate food or drank beverages there between May 24 and June 10, 2017, you may have been exposed because an employee has been diagnosed with the illness. If you ate there before June 6, 2017, you are no longer eligible for a vaccine to prevent the illness and should monitor yourself for the symptoms of the disease. If you ate there after June 6, 2017, you can receive a hepatitis A or immune globulin shot. Call the Westchester County Health Department for information about getting a vaccination. About 130 people have been treated by officials in White Plains. The symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, lethargy, loss of appetite, dark urine, … [Read more...]

Vulto Creamery Raw Milk Cheese Listeriosis Outbreak Over

The multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheese is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In all, eight people were sickened in four states. That is an increase of two more cases since the last update on March 13, 2017; both of those patients live in New York. All eight people were hospitalized because of their illness, and two people died, one from Connecticut and one from Vermont. One illness was reported in a newborn. The CDC is still recommending that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers do not sell recalled raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery. The raw milk cheeses from the Creamery were distributed nationwide. But most were sold at retail locations in the northeastern and … [Read more...]

Vulto Raw Cheese Listeria Outbreak: FDA’s Form 483 Released

The FDA has released Form 483 in their investigation of the Vulto Creamery raw cheese Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. That form is used when problems are found at a food facility. The creamery was inspected by government officials from 2/28/2017 - 3/22/2017.  In all, Form 483 states that there were 15 observations where an issue was found during the FDA inspections. In the CDC's investigation of that multistate listeriosis outbreak, there were six people sickened by products made at that creamery. All of those six people were hospitalized. Two people from Connecticut and Vermont died, and one illness was reported in a newborn. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found in samples taken from three intact wheels of Ouleout cheese collected from Vulto Creamery. … [Read more...]

Two Dead, Six Ill in Vulto Raw Milk Cheese Listeria Outbreak

The CDC has announced a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is linked to soft raw milk cheese produced by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York. Two people have died and six are sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: New York (3), Florida (1), Vermont (1), and Connecticut (1). Illnesses began on September 1, 2016. All six patients were hospitalized. One person from Connecticut and one person from Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn. Infants can be born with Listeria monocytogenes infections when their mothers eat products contaminated with the bacteria. The bacteria can pass through the placenta because the mother's immune system response attacks the placenta. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes was identified in samples taken from three intact … [Read more...]

Clostridium Perfringens was in Gravy at Golden Ponds NY Restaurant

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, Clostridium perfringens in gravy was the probable cause of the large food poisoning outbreak at Golden Ponds restaurant in Greece, New York on Thanksgiving 2016. Laboratory testing found the bacteria in gravy samples taken from the restaurant and in stool samples of patients who ate there. More than 260 people were sickened in that outbreak. And four of those patients were hospitalized because their illness was so severe. All have been released from the hospital, and everyone has recovered. The restaurant apparently made the gravy in a very large single container. It can be very difficult to keep food served and stored in large containers at a safe serving temperature. Clostridium perfringens bacteria are present in human intestines, in … [Read more...]

Golden Ponds Outbreak May Be From One of Three Different Pathogens

The food poisoning outbreak at Golden Ponds restaurant at 500 Long Pond Road, in Greece, New York on Thanksgiving Day, 2016 may have been caused by one of three pathogens. The usual suspects in this type of outbreak include Salmonella, E. coli, norovirus, and Campylobacter. Those are the pathogens that cause most of the food poisoning outbreaks in this country. But the fast onset of symptoms and the fact that the primary symptoms were violent diarrhea and severe stomach cramps has narrowed the list of suspects down to three: Clostridium perfringens, Bacillus cereus, and a strain of Staphylococcus aureus, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. All of those bacteria produce toxins that act quickly in the body. The symptoms experienced by those sickened in this outbreak happened … [Read more...]

Golden Ponds Restaurant Outbreak Sickens 260 in New York

The food poisoning outbreak at Golden Ponds restaurant in Greece, New York on Thanksgiving Day this year has sickened at least 260 people, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. The restaurant, located at 500 Long Pond Road, was closed on November 25, 2016 after reports of illness began coming into the Monroe County Health Department. Lab tests on stool samples and food samples have not been completed. The New York State Department of Health laboratory in Albany is conducting the tests. According to the paper, Monroe County Health Department spokesman John Ricci said that more than 80 people contacted officials about getting sick after eating at the restaurant. Those 80 people reported the illnesses of others who dined with them, bringing the total up. Ricci said, "the vast, … [Read more...]

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