October 24, 2016

Mighty Taco Outbreak Caused by Bacillus Cereus

The food poisoning outbreak at Mighty Taco restaurants in Erie and Niagara Counties in New York state was caused by Bacillus cereus, Mary C. St. Mary of the Erie County Department of Health told Food Poisoning Bulletin. At least 158 people have been sickened in this outbreak. The statement she sent to us reads: "The Wadsworth Center, the public health laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, has identified Bacillus cereus in patient clinical specimens, as well as from refried beans collected from Mighty Taco restaurants, as part of an investigation into gastrointestinal illness among several patrons of certain Mighty Taco restaurants. Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that produces a toxin that causes illness, usually resulting in vomiting within 30 minutes to 6 … [Read more...]

Mighty Taco Outbreak Numbers Increase to 158 Sick

The gastrointestinal illness outbreak associated with consuming food from Mighty Taco restaurants in Erie and Niagara counties in New York state has now sickened 158 people. There are 140 people sick in Erie county alone, according to Mary C. St. Mary of Erie County and a new press release from the Erie County Department of Health. Eighteen people are sick in Niagara County, according to that county's health department. The press release from Niagara County about this outbreak is from last week. Those numbers have not been updated since October 7, 2016. The case count has increased from 104 to 140 sickened in Erie County in the last week. Those sickened have experienced nausea and vomiting. The patients ate refried beans from a Mighty Taco location in Erie County between … [Read more...]

Outbreak Associated with Mighty Taco in Erie County New York

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is investigating a foodborne illness outbreak associated with Mighty Taco restaurants in New York state. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health, Niagara County Department of Health, and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. There have been reports of 104 people sickened as of October 6, 2016, with symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Those sickened apparently ate refried beans from one of the eleven Mighty Taco locations in Erie County. Illness onset dates range from September 27, 2016 to noon on October 6, 2016. There is no word on whether anyone sickened in this outbreak has been hospitalized, or how many are still ill or have recovered. It's unusual that an … [Read more...]

CDC Confirms E. coli Outbreak in CO, ID, and NY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that the E. coli outbreak in Washington state that is associated with the Matador restaurant also includes patients in three other states. No additional cases have been identified as of Friday, September 16, 2016. Seven people in Washington state are also infected with the same E. coli strain. Lola S. Russell, Senior Health Communications Specialist for the CDC stated, "CDC is assisting the Washington State Department of Health with an investigation related to an E. coli outbreak potentially linked to a Seattle restaurant. Three cases of E. coli with the same DNA fingerprint in three other states (Colorado, Idaho, and New York) are under investigation to determine if they are linked to the … [Read more...]

New York Hard Hit in Dole Listeriosis Outbreak

The state of New York has been hard hit in the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to recalled Dole salad mixes. Four people in that state are sick. At least eighteen people in nine states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria. Whole genome sequencing has been performed on samples from all of these people and the bacteria that sickened them are "highly related" genetically. All eighteen people sickened in this particular outbreak have been hospitalized. One person has died "as a result of listeriosis" according to the CDC. That person lived in Michigan. The most recent illness was diagnosed on January 31, 2016, so it the outbreak numbers may grow. The brand names of the salad mixes include Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, … [Read more...]

Four People in New York Sickened in Listeria Outbreak

At least four people in New York state have been sickened with Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning in an outbreak associated with eating certain bagged salads. Whole genome sequencing performed on clinical isolates from all ill persons showed that the bacteria are highly genetically related to each other. All four sickened in that state have been hospitalized. Nationally, the case count by state is: Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), New Jersey (1), New York (4), and Pennsylvania (1). The age range of patients is from 3 years to 83 years, and 69% of those sickened are female. In November 2015, the Ohio Department of Agriculture collected a Dole brand Field Greens packaged salad from a retail store and isolated Listeria monocytogenes that was highly related to the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated with Ill Worker From Mark’s Pizzeria

Five people have contracted hepatitis A infections in Seneca County, New York after two food workers were diagnosed with the illness in that area in November 2015. One of those workers was at Mark's Pizzeria at 1963 Kingdom Plaza in Waterloo, and the other was at the McDonald's at 2500 Mound Road in Waterloo. County health officials say those sickened did not eat at the restaurants, but were close contacts of the sick employees. The announcement of the sick McDonald's worker was made on November 14, 2015. The announcement of the ill worker at Mark's Pizzeria was made on December 2, 2015. Anyone who consumed cold foods, such as subs, salads, vegetables, lemons, and celery sticks from Mark's Pizzeria on November 19, 2015 through November 28 2015; and people who have had close … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A In Mark’s Pizzeria Worker in Waterloo, NY

The Seneca County Health Department has announced that a food service worker at Mark's Pizzeria at 1963 Kingdom Plaza in Waterloo, New York has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Anyone who consumed cold foods, such as salads, subs, lemons, celery sticks, and vegetables from the restaurant and who has not been previously vaccinated against the disease should seek treatment. A McDonalds worker was diagnosed with hepatitis A in that area two weeks ago. If you were immunized after that incident, you do not need another shot. People who are at risk for developing hepatitis A ate at Mark's Pizzeria November 13, 2015 through  November 28, 2015. If you ate there from November 18th through the 28th, you can get a vaccination against the illness. But if you ate there November 13, 2015 through … [Read more...]

Which Chipotle Restaurants are Part of the E. coli Outbreak?

The E. coli O26 outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in six states hasn't been updated in more than 10 days. This outbreak has been strange. The case count grew to include 50 patients, then that number was reduced to 37. Then the case count grew to 45 patients, and four more states were added to the outbreak base. As of November 20, 2015, there are 45 people sickened in six states. The case count per state is: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington state (26). There are no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and no deaths. No food or environmental samples have yielded the outbreak strain of the shiga toxin-producing bacteria. But 43, or 96%, of ill patients said they ate at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant the week before they … [Read more...]

Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY

A Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse New York has sickened at least two people. While the President and CEO of that facility, Kathryn Ruscitto, has issued statements about the bacteria being found in the hospital's water supply, no official reports have been released acknowledging the outbreak except indirectly. The announcements have not mentioned the illnesses and officials have allegedly denied that there is an outbreak. Governor Cuomo issued a statement on October 25, 2015 announcing that an investigation is being launched after Legionella bacteria were found at the hospital, but that bulletin did not mention any illnesses either. An outbreak is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as two or more persons who are not … [Read more...]

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