September 15, 2019

Now 44 Sick in Unsolved Kentucky E. coli O103 Outbreak

At least 44 people who live in 24 Kentucky counties have lab-confirmed E. coli O103 infections, according to information from the Madison County Health Department in that state. Three of those patients live in Madison County. This information about this E. coli O103 outbreak was transmitted from the Kentucky Department of Public Health in an online meeting. The age range of patients is from 1 to 81 years, with a median age of 18. Twenty-five patients are female, and 19 are male. Six people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Cases have also been reported in Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia. Public health officials are working to solve this outbreak. What we know is that they have not identified a specific food or restaurant, but the fact that this outbreak is so … [Read more...]

Kentucky E. coli O103 Outbreak Rises to 44 Sick, TN, OH, GA Included

The Kentucky E. coli O103 outbreak has now risen to 44 sick, as of April 3, 2019, according to news reports. Six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, but there is no mention if any have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes. And there are 20 pending cases that are not yet lab-confirmed. The only official report to date from Kentucky Department of Health lists the outbreak total as 20, but that was posted on Friday, March 29, 2019. This is the largest E. coli outbreak in Kentucky since 2000. Dr. Mel Bennett, who heads Kentucky's infectious disease efforts, told WEKU that the outbreak has spread to Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. We do not know how many people are sickened in each of those states. Officials still think … [Read more...]

E. coli O103 Outbreak in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana

The E. coli O103 outbreak originally announced in Kentucky yesterday  apparently also has sickened people living in Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana, according to news reports. Twenty confirmed cases are in Kentucky, and one each in the other states for a total of 23 ill. Most of the illnesses occurred between March 5 and 25, 2019. The cases in Kentucky are spread among several counties throughout the state. Fayette county, in the northeastern part of the state, has the most cases with five. But officials say there isn't enough commonality between those five cases to establish a source of the pathogen. No source, whether food or venue, has been named in this outbreak, but officials in Kentucky have stated that "extensive exposure to fast food" may be linked to these illnesses. Fast … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A In Food Handler At Frisch’s Restaurant in Ohio

A case of hepatitis A has been identified in a Frisch's employee who worked in two of the restaurant's locations: at 1228 Scioto Street in Urbana, Ohio, and at 1830 Bechtle Avenue in Springfield, Ohio. The Champaign Health District and the Clark County Combined Health District are working to vaccinate all restaurant employees. The restaurant and public health officials did not name the dates that the employee worked there, stating that "the risk of transmission to patrons is extremely low due to safe food handling procedures being in place." Restaurant spokesperson said they are fully cooperating with the Health Department and appreciate their work. A hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Anyone who has eaten at those … [Read more...]

KFC Worker in Eaton, Ohio Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Preble County Public Health Department has released a notice stating that an employee at the KFC restaurant at 1200 North Barron Street in Eaton, Ohio, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. The government says that anyone who ate there from February 9, 2019 through February 20, 2019 may have been exposed to the virus, although the risk of developing hepatitis A from this exposure is very low. It's too late to get a vaccination for anyone who ate there before February 14, 2019. since the shot is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Those people can only monitor themselves for up to 50 days for the symptoms of hepatitis A and see their doctors if they do get sick. Vaccinations are available at doctors' offices and some pharmacies. Those symptoms include fatigue, … [Read more...]

Passengers on Frontier Airlines Out of Cleveland Sickened

The City of Cleveland has posted a press release that six passengers who were traveling on Frontier Airlines from Cleveland to Tampa were sick during the flight. There is no information about what type of illness these people had, their symptoms, whether or not they were hospitalized, or if they have recovered. The flight was on January 1, 2019. The cause of illness is unknown, but a report from Frontier Airlines states that the passengers may have used a public drinking fountain before they boarded the airplane. The Cleveland Department of Health is contacting these six people to conduct an interview. They are also trying to confirm whether those patients drank from the fountain or if there were other exposures in common. Foodborne illnesses can be caused by bacteria that can … [Read more...]

CDC Posts Info About Potential Duncan Hines Cake Mix Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted information about the potential Duncan Hines cake mix Salmonella Agbeni outbreak that has sickened at least five people in three states. ConAgra recalled four varieties of that cake mix after officials in Oregon identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella bacteria in a box of Duncan Hines Classic White Fake Mix. Investigators are trying to determine if the illnesses are linked to the Duncan Hines cake mix. After officials found the pathogen in the cake mix, CDC reviewed the PulseNet database and found five people sickened with the same strain. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food labs coordinated by the CDC. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) showed that the bacteria are closely related … [Read more...]

FDA Weighs In On Potential Duncan Hines Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The FDA has provided more information on the potential Duncan Hines Salmonella outbreak that many be linked to that company's cake mixes. Five people in three states are ill with Salmonella Agnebi infections. There are two cases on Maryland, two in Ohio, and one in Wisconsin. No one has been hospitalized. We don't know the patient age range or when the illnesses began. The FDA is investigating the manufacturing facility that made the mixes. They are collecting environmental samples there. A sample of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix continued the same strain of Salmonella Agbeni that sickened the five people. The match was made using whole genome sequencing (WGS), which is a very accurate way to type DNA. Conagra is working with the FDA to conduct a recall of four different … [Read more...]

Multidrug Resistant Salmonella Infantis Chicken Outbreak Hits Consumers in MA, NY, PA, NJ, OH Hard

The multidrug resistant Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to raw chicken has hit consumers in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania hard. Those states have 46 of the 92 patients who have been sickened in this multidrug-resistant Salmonella outbreak. We don't know why the outbreak has been concentrated in the northeast United States. While outbreaks are often limited to a certain geographical area, officials do not have a specific company or product that is linked to this outbreak. And there are illnesses in the southern U.S., the midwest, and the west coast as well. There are two big concerns about this Salmonella Infantis outbreak. The first is that the bacteria is resistant to so many antibiotics. That means that people may be sicker, and that their … [Read more...]

Miami Township Taco Bell Employee Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee of the Miami Township Taco Bell restaurant, which is located at 889 State Route 28 in Milford, Ohio has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to Clermont County Public Health. That employee worked at that restaurant on August 15, 16, and 17, 2018. It's still early enough that anyone who ate at that restaurant on those days can get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination to prevent this illness. The type of vaccination given depends on several factors, including the age of the patient and their health. For instance, anyone who has chronic liver disease or is immunocompromised would receive the immune globulin vaccine. These vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure to the pathogenic virus. The restaurant has been cooperating with the … [Read more...]

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