November 18, 2017

Caldwell Parish Outbreak Caused by Salmonella and Clostridium Perfringens

According to news reports, the food poisoning outbreak in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana has been caused by both Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. At least 125 people are sick now, up from 50 yesterday. And thirty-seven people have been hospitalized because their symptoms are so severe. One man who attended the fundraiser and allegedly ate the jambalaya at the center of this outbreak has died. But officials do not know if his death is linked to this outbreak and have requested an autopsy. Clostridium perfringens bacteria grow and produce a toxin when the temperatures of food are in the danger zone of 40°F to 140°F. These outbreaks happen often when large amounts of food are prepared. The food may be held at the wrong temperature for a long period of time, or it may be … [Read more...]

After Salmonella Outbreak, Pho Tam In Boise Temporarily Closes

Pho Tam restaurant in Boise has been temporarily after health inspectors found food safety violations there during their investigation of five cases of Salmonella poisoning linked to the restaurant. The illnesses took place between February and mid-March,  a spokesperson for Central District Health told KTVB News. A food source of the outbreak has not yet been determined. t Salmonella is a pathogen that is transmitted vis the fecal-oral route, meaning someone gets sick when they consume food or beverages contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter. 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 … [Read more...]

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