June 18, 2018

Attorneys File First Salmonella Lawsuit in Ohio; Others May Sue

The first Salmonella lawsuit in the multistate outbreak that is linked to precut melons has been filed by Pritzker Hageman attorneys. Their client is a 73-year-old woman who ate the fruit that was allegedly purchased from a Walmart store in Findlay, Ohio just before Mother's Day 2018. The woman was hospitalized and needed surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm in her abdomen that developed after the infection. She spent days in the hospital and is recovering in a nursing home. The Salmonella lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who has successfully represented many clients sickened with this pathogenic bacteria, and is the lead lawyer in this Salmonella lawsuit, said, "As this case illustrates, Salmonella is a … [Read more...]

Salmonella Adelaide Outbreak Linked to Precut Melon From Kroger and Walmart; Some May Sue

A Salmonella Adelaide outbreak that is linked to precut melon sold at Walmart in some midwestern stats has sickened at least 60 people. The CDC has not released a formal statement, but has said that 31 of those 60 people are hospitalized. The patients in this Salmonella Adelaide outbreak live in five states. The case count by state is: Michigan (32), Illinois (6), Indiana (11), Missouri (10), and Ohio (1). Illness onset dates range from April 30, 2018 to May 18, 2018. The patient age range is from 1 to 97 years old.  The press releases state "No deaths have been confirmed to date." Officials in Michigan and Illinois have issued press releases about this outbreak. The CDC says that pre-cut melons, including fruit salads, are the likely source of this outbreak. IDPH Director Dr. … [Read more...]

Possible Food Poisoning Outbreak at We Are Outdoors in Moline, Ohio

According to several news reports, a possible food poisoning outbreak is being investigated by the Wood County Health District in northwest Ohio. About twenty-four people have called the District since Tuesday, February 27, 2018, saying they are suffering from diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. All of the patients attended an event on Saturday, February 24, 2018 for a group called We Are Outdoors at the Glass City Boardwalk in Moline. Epidemiologist Connor Rittwage told The Blade, "At this point in the investigation, it’s too early to know what may have caused this outbreak. We’re doing everything we can to identify the cause. Possibilities include a food or beverage item or an ill food handler, organizer or guest." If you attended the event, please complete an online survey to help … [Read more...]

Campylobacter Outbreak Linked to OH Sweet Grass Dairy Raw Milk

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is issuing a health alert for unpasteurized raw milk and raw milk products that may be contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria. The products are from Sweet Grass Dairy's herd share. That dairy is in Knox County at 6049 Bryant Road in Fredericktown. There is no word on how many people have been sickened, the patient age range, or whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. The last Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk was in September 2016. In that outbreak, at least 20 people were sickened in Pueblo, Colorado. A herd share is a system where people buy into a dairy farmers herd, then share in the products the cows produce. This is a way to get around the ban on raw milk sales in many states. The sale of unpasteurized milk is illegal in … [Read more...]

Cryptosporidium Outbreak in Central Ohio

A Cryptosporidium outbreak in central Ohio has sickened at least 202 people, according to a press release by Columbus Public Health. That number is more than the last four years combined. The outbreak is not tied to a central location, since many of those sickened include people with multiple exposures at different local recreational pools, spray fountains, and water parks. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that causes an illness in people. The main symptom of this disease is severe diarrhea.When people go swimming, or eat contaminated food, they ingest the oocyst and the parasite life cycle begins. The parasite is in oocyst form during the infective stage. It only takes 10 of these little oocysts, which are about half the size of a red blood cell, to make someone sick. Crypto … [Read more...]

Iowa Suspended Egg Facility Inspections After Bird Flu Outbreak

The Des Moines Register has discovered that Iowa suspended its egg facility inspections last year in the wake of the bird flu. Public health officials feared that inspectors could spread the virus as they traveled between egg facilities. The pathogenic outbreak that killed millions of birds nationwide started in December 2014. The height of the epidemic occurred in early spring 2015. This action is concerning for two reasons. One is that a Salmonella outbreak in Ohio at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery, that has sickened at least 80 people, is associated with shell eggs produced at Kenneth Miller Farms that are now being recalled for Salmonella contamination. Mayonnaise, made with eggs, at Lucky's Taproom tested positive for Salmonella contamination during the outbreak investigation. The … [Read more...]

Recall of Eggs for Salmonella Sold to Lucky’s Taproom

Kenneth Miller Farms of New Lebanon, Ohio is issuing a voluntary recall for shell eggs because they may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis. The eggs include those sold directly to consumers from their farm, as well as eggs sold to Lucky's Taproom and the Mudlick Tavern. A Salmonella outbreak linked to Lucky's Taproom was found to be caused by homemade mayonnaise, using raw eggs. At least 80 people have been sickened after eating at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery in Dayton, Ohio. Public health officials from the Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health Department collected samples of food at that facility. Only the mayonnaise tested positive for the pathogenic bacteria. Farm environmental samples at Kenneth Miller Farms tested positive for Salmonella enteritidis. Egg cartons … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at OH Lucky’s Taproom Increases

The Salmonella outbreak associated with eating at Lucky's Taproom & Eatery in Dayton, Ohio has been updated by the Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health department. As of Tuesday, March 8, 2106, eighty people have complained of illness. Twenty people have tested positive for Salmonella, and five people have been admitted to area hospitals. Mayonnaise collected at the restaurant has tested positive for Salmonella. Two other foods that were tested for the pathogenic bacteria, avocado and goat cheese, both tested negative for Salmonella. Public Health got stool samples from ill customers and employees and three food samples from the restaurant. The Ohio Department of Health Laboratory tested the samples to discover whether there was a link between people who ate at the … [Read more...]

Lucky’s Taproom Outbreak Salmonella Outbreak Cause May be Homemade Mayo

The Dayton Daily News is reporting that the Salmonella outbreak linked to Lucky's Taproom & Eatery in Dayton, OH may have been caused by homemade mayonnaise. The Dayton and Montgomery County Health Department says that the house-made mayonnaise tested positive for Salmonella. The number of people who have been sickened in that outbreak increased to 77 from 60 since Friday March 4, 2016. Five people were admitted to hospitals as a result of their illnesses. Officials do not know if anyone who was sickened is still in the hospital. The restaurant closed on Monday, February 29, 2016, and no date has been set for re-opening. Officials think that the number of illnesses will increase as more tests are completed. Mayonnaise made from scratch is made with raw eggs. And raw eggs are a … [Read more...]

Possible Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Lucky’s Taproom in Dayton, OH

Dayton & Montgomery County public health officials are investigating an "outbreak of illness associated with eating" at Lucky's Taproom & Eatery, located at 520 East Fifth Street in Dayton, Ohio. At least 60 people have ben sickened as of 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Of those sickened, four have been admitted to area hospitals. The first complaint of illness was received on February 29, 2016. The restaurant was inspected that day, but results of the inspection have not yet been released. Symptoms of those sickened include stomach cramps, diarrhea, headache, nausea, and vomiting, which is typical for most foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria. Public Health officials obtained stool samples from ill persons and took food samples from the restaurant that … [Read more...]

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