September 18, 2020

Why Are Children so Sick in the Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak?

Children comprise 54% of the patients in the nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to imported cucumbers. That means at least 157 kids are sick in 27 states across the country. Why are children more susceptible to these infections? Children are more susceptible because their immune systems are developing and haven't reached maturity. When bacteria enter your body, your immune system responds and tries to kill the invaders. Proteins called antibodies mark the bacterial cells, then T cells destroy the bacteria with a process called phagocytosis. This process becomes stronger and more efficient as you age, then it starts to decrease in the elderly. Children under the age of 5 are especially susceptible to bacterial infections, particularly E. coli and Salmonella infections. They will … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Pork Sickens 56 in Washington

At least 56 people in Washington have contracted Salmonella poisoning from eating contaminated pork. Five people were hospitalized. The outbreak includes residents from eight counties who ate the tainted meat at a variety of events. Some people reported eating pork from whole roasted pigs, cooked and served at private events before they became ill. Salmonellosis is an infection that develops when food or beverages contaminated with fecal matter containing  Salmonella bacteria is ingested. Symptoms, which include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever, usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. In some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required. These patients can develop a more serious, sometimes fatal, infection that spreads from … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Open Source Bridge Conference in Portland

A Salmonella outbreak associated with the Open Source Bridge Conference at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland has sickened 53 people, according to the Multnomah County Health Department. Nine cases are lab-confirmed. The conference took place from June 23 to 26, 2015. The investigation is centering on about 100 different food items prepared through several catering sources. The food was served over a four-day period to about 500 people. Deputy Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines said in a statement, "we believe this was an isolated event that did not occur beyond the conference. We are monitoring illness in Oregon to assure that this is the case." Other states and the CDC have been informed of this outbreak. The investigators are collecting survey data from 223 participants and … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Barber Foods Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their investigation into the two Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. One of the outbreaks is linked to Barber Foods frozen, raw, chicken products. In one outbreak, six people infected with this pathogenic bacteria are from Minnesota (5) and Wisconsin (1). Two persons have been hospitalized. In the other, three people infected with a different Salmonella strain in Minnesota have been reported. Two of those people have been hospitalized. Illness onset dates range from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. No new illnesses have been reported since July 8, 2015. The recall of Barber Foods raw chicken products was expanded on July 12, 2015 to include more than 1.7 million pounds of food. The products … [Read more...]

Which Stores Sold Antioch Farms Chicken Linked to Salmonella Outbreak?

A Salmonella outbreak  linked to Antioch Farms frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu has sickened at least three people in Minnesota and may include illnesses in other states. Although epidemiological evidence has identified the product as the source of the outbreak, the company has not issued a recall. The only information consumers have been given regarding the product is that the packaging is marked with the code P-1358. But information from a recent outbreak linked to another Antioch Farms product may provide some answers. In October 2014, Antioch Farms frozen Chicken Kiev was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened six people in Minnesota. A recall was issued for that product and a list of stores where it was sold was posted on the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food … [Read more...]

Illnesses, Lawsuits Mount in Boise Co-Op Salmonella Outbreak

Illnesses and lawsuits continue to mount in the Salmonella outbreak linked to deli food at the Boise Co Op. At least 280 people were sickened by food they purchased at the co-op between June 1-10. Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of those sickened. All of those who became sick with symptoms of Salmonella poisoning including nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps ate food from the deli. Some of them said they had eaten sandwiches. Health officials have identified turkey, tomato and onions as contaminated food sources. It’s not clear how the food became contaminated, but cross-contamination may have played a role. The deli was temporarily closed after it was linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has become one of the largest in Idaho history. Health officials worked with … [Read more...]

Turkey, Tomatoes, Onions Suspect in Boise Co-op Salmonella Outbreak

Turkey, tomatoes, and onions from the deli at the Boise Co-op in Idaho have tested positive for Salmonella, according to several news reports. The Boise Co-op Facebook page states that lab results confirmed Salmonella was found in several foods from the deli. A notice on the Central District Health Department page states that anyone who thinks they have had Salmonella symptoms following the consumption of food purchased at the Boise Co-op deli after June 1, 2015 and has not sought medical attention should call the CDHD. Please provide contact information in your message. The tests of those who have seen a doctor and tested positive for the bacteria will automatically be forwarded to CDHD. A hotline has been set up to field calls and questions at 208-321-2222. Public health officials … [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...]

Boise Co-op Associated with Salmonella Outbreak in Idaho

According to the Idaho Central District Health Department, nearly 30 people have been sickened with Salmonella illnesses. There is a "possible link" to the Boise Co-op. But, other cases not associated with that facility have been reported. CDHD is working with the Boise Co-op to find the source of the pathogenic bacteria. Several food samples have been sent to the state public health lab for testing; results are pending. Lab tests have not yet confirmed whether all of those sickened have the same strain of Salmonella. If you have been sick with the symptoms of Salmonella and have visited the Boise Co-op, see your doctor. Those symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. The symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Foods that may carry this … [Read more...]

Salmonella in Tuna Sushi Sickens 9 in Arizona

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak linked to raw tuna sushi has sickened nine people in Arizona, three of whom have been hospitalized, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Several other states are investigating outbreaks of the same strain including California and New Mexico. Arizona health officials say a rare strain of Salmonella paratyphi in raw minced or ground tuna used to make spicy tuna rolls and other sushi is the likely source. The nine Maricopa County cases reported onset of illness between April 3rd to April 16th. “We are early into the investigation, but from the interviews we have completed with those who have gotten sick, there are multiple restaurants involved,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health. … [Read more...]

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