November 23, 2017

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with MIller’s Guild in Seattle, Washington

An outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning associated with Miller's Guild restaurant in Seattle, Washington is being investigated by the King County Public Health Department. Six people from four separate parties got sick after eating there on dates that range from August 15, 2017 to November 3, 2017. One person was hospitalized in this outbreak, but that person has recovered. Lab testing of patient isolates found that three of those sickened had the same strain of Salmonella Braenderup. This suggests a common source of infection. The other three patients were not tested. The press release by King County states that in the past year, less than five cases of this particular strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported in that area. Environmental Health closed the restaurant on … [Read more...]

Possible Food Poisoning Outbreak at Toyo Tire in White Georgia Related to Catered Event

A possible food poisoning outbreak at Toyo Tire last week in White, Georgia is being investigated by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Northwest Health District, and Bartow County Health Department. Officials think these illnesses are linked to an issue with food, but that has not been confirmed. That facility held a two-day holiday meal event at their location last week. The cause of the outbreak is not known and illnesses are not been confirmed. There are two people who are hospitalized in Bartow in connection with this event, but there is no word on their diagnosis or status. Officials are working with Toyo Human Resources to try to determine how many people may have been sickened. Environmental health specialists at the Bartow County Health Department are investigating … [Read more...]

Salmonella Food Poisoning Outbreak in Fremont County, Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health is investigating a gastrointestinal outbreak in Fremont County in the central part of that state. There have been reports of multiple clusters of gastroenteritis in several facilities, including schools and child care centers. This outbreak may be because of Salmonella food poisoning. Most Salmonella outbreaks are eventually linked to contaminated food. Most of the patients have reported experiencing bloody diarrhea that is lasting for at least three days, some vomiting, and fever in this Salmonella outbreak. Those are symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning. Some of those sickened have tested positive for infection with that bacteria. But not all of the ill persons have a Salmonella infection, and some have not been tested. Officials also say that it … [Read more...]

Deadly Multistate Salmonella Papaya Outbreak is Over, Says the CDC

The outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This large Salmonella Papaya outbreak was comprised of four separate outbreaks linked to four different farms in Mexico. Of the 251 people sickened in 25 states, 79 were hospitalized. One death was reported from New York City and one death was reported from California. The Salmonella papaya outbreaks included these types of Salmonella bacteria: Thompson, Kiambu, Agona, Gaminara, Senftenberg, Urbana, Newport, INfantis, and Anatum. The outbreak strains of bacteria were found in samples collected from papayas and from ill persons. A total of 236 people were sickened in 23 states. Overall, illness started on dates ranging from December … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Raw Tuna: How Does it Get Contaminated?

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was reported by the Clark County Health Department in Washington state on October 26, 2017. At least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed ill with the outbreak strain of Salmonella. All are sick with the same strain. This outbreak was gradually uncovered during the month of September and into October, 2017. Out of fourteen people who were interviewed by officials, eleven said they ate raw seafood before they got sick. That's a much higher percentage than the number of people who eat sushi in a week in the general population, and is considered epidemiologic evidence of a probable cause. Relish Foods recalled raw frozen tuna loins and tuna steaks last week, and Salmonella was found on those products. But the … [Read more...]

Salmonella Paratyphi Outbreak Associated With Raw Tuna Sickens 30

A Salmonella paratyphi outbreak associated with raw tuna or salmon was announced at a Clark County health board meeting in Washington state. During that meeting, on October 26, 2017, Madison Riethman, an applied epidemiology fellow at that department, said that illnesses in at least 30 people in 7 states have been confirmed. The information was presented in a slide show. On August 29, 2017, five cases of Salmonella were reported to Clark County Public Health's Communicable Disease team. Three of five cases were interviewed that week, but no common exposures were found. Then, on September 8, lab tests on the Salmonella bacteria from all five cases came back with the same DNA fingerprint. On that day Oregon Health Authority found 12 more Salmonella cases with the same DNA. Out of … [Read more...]

Salmonella Javiana Outbreak at Chincoteague VA Cook Off Linked to Crab Shack Clam Chowder

The Salmonella javiana outbreak at the Chincoteacue Chili Chowder Cook Off in Virginia was caused by Crab Shack Clam chowder. That event was held in Chincoteague, Virginia, on September 30, 2017. At least 180 people from at least ten states were sickened in that outbreak. This strain of Salmonella was first identified by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in human specimens. Healthcare providers and health officials from event attendees sent those samples. DCLS found the same strain in a sample of the chowder that was obtained from someone who was served the product during the event. There is no word on whether pulsed field-gel electrophoresis (PFGE) or whole genome sequencing (WGS) was used to identify the outbreak strain. The event was sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Almost 160 are Sick with Salmonella and C. perfringens in Caldwell Parish, LA

The Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens food poisoning outbreak in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has sickened 158 people as of October 23, 2017. The fundraising event where the illnesses occurred was held on October 16, 2017. Forty people have been hospitalized in this outbreak, and almost all have been discharged. The age range of patients is from 10 years to 82, with the mean age of 37. One person's death may be associated with this outbreak. The Louisiana  Department of Health is investigating that death and officials are working with the pathologist responsible for the autopsy. They have also requested help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  to see if post-mortem testing can be performed. Dr. Parham Jaberi, assistant state health officer, said that … [Read more...]

Louisiana Salmonella Outbreak Associated With Jambalaya Fundraiser

Dozens of people have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak after a local fundraiser was held in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. Officials say that jambalaya served at that event is the suspected cause of these illnesses. As of Thursday, October 19, 2017, 49 cases of food poisoning have been confirmed. Thirty-one people have been hospitalized. The patient age range is from 15 to 70. One 56-year-old man has died, but officials are not sure whether or not his death is linked to this outbreak. Samples from five people have tested positive for Salmonella; the exact strain has not been mentioned. More than 300 people attended the fundraiser on Monday, October 16, 2017 in Caldwell Parish. More illnesses may be reported as people become aware of the outbreak, or as doctor's visits yield … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken

A Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 18 people in six provinces is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products, according to Public Health Canada. This is the third national outbreak in Canada linked to those types of products. There have been several similar outbreaks in the United States in the past few years, including a large outbreak linked to frozen raw stuffed breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods, which is owned by Koch Poultry, in 2015, and another that was linked to Barber Foods products that same year. These products appear to be fully cooked, but they are raw, and the package states that information. These products are often cooked in the microwave, which can leave cold spots in food, meaning that pathogenic bacteria can survive and make someone … [Read more...]

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