April 29, 2017

Pennsylvania Cryptosporidium Outbreak at Easton Farm

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) is warning visitors to a Northampton County animal rescue farm that a Cryptosporidium outbreak is related to infected manure at that farm. The Heaven on Earth Farm is located in Easton, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy said in a statement, "Cryptosporidium is a parasite that can be found in water, food and soil, as well as on contaminated surfaces or dirty hands. Anyone sickened after visiting or working on the farm since February 14, 2017 is advised to contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH and to talk to their personal physician. Even residents who may have come into contact with a visitor to the farm should take precautions to prevent the spread of this parasite, mainly through hand-washing … [Read more...]

The Porch Restaurant E. coli Outbreak Confirmed in Pittsburgh Area

The Porch Restaurant in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is at the center of an outbreak of  E. coli O157:H7 food poisoning still under investigation by public health officials in the Keystone State. Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, said 12 people have been confirmed as case patients in the outbreak while nine others have had "suggestive symptoms'' of toxic E. coli infections. Four of the first five known victims were hospitalized last month, when the outbreak was first detected. Hacker said four more restaurant customers were hospitalized, but that no further cases have been reported since the restaurant was approved to re-open on October 31. In a statement to reporters on Friday, Hacker said  investigators have been unable to … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Causes Pennsylvania Food Poisoning Outbreak

Raw milk produced by Kimberton Farms Dairy and sold at the Kimberton Whole Foods co-sops in Pennsylvania has been removed from store shelves after a number of illnesses were reported by consumers who drank the milk,  according to the Chester County Health Department. Those sickened have reported food poisoning symptoms that include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramping. Kimberton Farms Dairy, of Kimberton, Pa., also known as Camp Hill Village or Kimberton Hills supplied the milk to  Kimberton Whole Foods co-op which sold the product at its Kimberton and Downingtown stores. The product has been removed from those locations. Raw milk, milk that has not been pasteurized, can carry many types of disease-causing germs such as Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, … [Read more...]

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