December 5, 2016

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...]

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...]

Rapid Response on Ohio’s Church Potluck Botulism Outbreak

The botulism outbreak at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio in April 2015 was the nation's largest in 40 years. The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released a study on the outbreak that gives credit to early diagnoses that limited the number of deaths. One person died in this botulism outbreak; and 29 people were sickened. The last time an outbreak of 10 or more people resulted in a death in the U.S. was in 1978. An outbreak in New Mexico  at that time sickened 34 people and killed one person. It can be difficult to diagnose botulism, since the early symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, facial weakness, and drooping eyelids, can mimic a stroke. On April 21, 2015, the Fairfield Medical Center contacted with Ohio Department of Health … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Ohio Heritage Corner Health Campus

A Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least eighteen people at the Heritage Corner Health Campus in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Wood County Health District has been investigating the outbreak since June 9, 2015. County officials are collaborating with the Ohio Department of Health, a member of the Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Team, and a Food Safety Specialist with the Ohio Department of Health Food Safety Program. Heritage Corner is cooperating with the investigation. Heritage Corner Health Campus offers independent and assisted living to senior citizens. The facility also offers hospice care, skilled rehab, and houses a child care center. Public health officials are interviewing those sickened about foods they ate and other possible exposure routes before they … [Read more...]

Home Canned Potatoes Likely Caused Ohio Church Botulism Outbreak

Public health officials in Ohio have found that potato salad made from home-canned potatoes likely caused the deadly botulism outbreak at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church potluck on April 19, 2015. As of today, there are 21 confirmed cases of botulism associated with that event. One woman died. There are also ten suspected cases where people are showing symptoms consistent with the illness. Patients have been treated with a botulism antitoxin provided by the CDC. Twelve people are still hospitalized. Improperly canned low-acid foods, such as potatoes, cheese, meat, and vegetables can harbor Clostridium botulism spores. Those spores grow in low-oxygen environments. Canned foods have very little oxygen, which is driven off during the cooking and canning process. It's … [Read more...]

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