December 3, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Contact with Dairy Calves

Twenty one people in eight states are sick with multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to contact with Dairy Bull Calves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory results linked this outbreak to contact with the calves that were purchased from livestock markets in Wisconsin. Eight of those sickened have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Among 19 people with available information, illnesses began on dates ranging from January 11, 2016 to October 24, 2016. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 72, with a median age of 21. PulseNet was used to identify people who may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet performs DNA fingerprinting on bacteria with pulsed field-gel … [Read more...]

Alabama Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Catered Meal

A catered meal at a private event in Colbert County, Alabama is likely linked to a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 99 people and hospitalized 22, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. About 150 people attended the event on November 12, 2016. Eighteen of the hospitalized persons have been discharged and are at home, and the remaining hospitalized patients are recovering. Preliminary results indicate that the state health department laboratory has identified Salmonella enteriditis in food specimens of cooked chicken and green beans. The investigation is still ongoing. Dr. Karen Landers, Assistant State Health Officer states that chicken was likely the primary source, as raw chicken is often contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Chicken has to be cooked … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 77, Hospitalizes 12 in AL

A presumptive Salmonella outbreak in Colbert County, Alabama sickened at least 77 people and sent 12 to the hospital last weekend. The private event was held on Saturday, November 12, 2016. All patients are recovering. The Colbert County Health Department has been investigating this outbreak since Monday, November 14, 2016. Public health officials have been interviewing patients, obtaining patient specimens, inspecting the food source, and obtaining food samples. All of the samples are being processed by the Alabama Department of Public Health's laboratory. Initial patient specimens tested presumptive positive for Salmonella. It takes longer to test food specimens, so the results from those tests will be available later in the week or early next week. The caterer who provided … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Morimoto Napa in California

A Salmonella outbreak at Morimoto Napa in Napa County, California has sickened at least six people, according to news reports. There is no information about this outbreak on the Napa County Health Department web page. The Napa County Health Department did not respond to Food Poisoning Bulletin's inquiries by press time. Dr. Karen Refucio, the county's chief public health officer, told the Napa Valley Register that those sickened ate at the restaurant in October 2016. The restaurant is located on Main Street in Napa Valley. The customers ate there between October and October 12. There is no word on whether any of those sickened were hospitalized, their ages, or if any particular food is suspected. The restaurant is cooperating with the investigation. Refucio said that the … [Read more...]

Marine Agrifuture Ordered to Stop Selling Products Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The Hawaii Department of Health Sanitation Branch has ordered Marine Agrifuture LLC (also known as Olakai Hawaii) to cease and desist selling products because Salmonella bacteria was found in the packing and processing tanks and in the farm environment. The farm is located in Kahuku on Oahu. The press release states that "reports of Salmonella infections on Oahu were linked to consumption of ogo (or limu) and subsequently led to the investigation of Marine Agriculture LLC on November 2 and 7, 2016. During the investigation, testing was conducted on environmental, processing area, and ogo samples. Laboratory tests identified Salmonella bacteria in the packing and processing tanks and in the farm environment." The patients in this outbreak were sickened in mid to late October, … [Read more...]

Hawaii Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Limu Poke

The Hawaii State Department of Health is investigating 14 cases of Salmonella infections on the island of Oahu. All of these patients got sick in mid to late October, 2016. Four of those sickened have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so serious. A source of this outbreak has not yet been confirmed, but preliminary investigations have identified consumption of raw fish as the possible source of the pathogenic bacteria. It's worth noting that the hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that occurred in the summer of 2016 was also linked to raw seafood; in that case, raw scallops that were imported from the Philippines. The fish in question is poke that contains limu (also called "ogo" or "seaweed"). Consumption of that product is common among the cases in this outbreak. The … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Belleville Chili Cook-off in Illinois

The St. Clair County Health Department is investigating a Salmonella Newport outbreak that has sickened people who attended the Belleville Chili Cook-off on October 8, 2016. That event was held on October 7 and 8 in downtown Belleville, Illinois. More than 60 vendors attended the event. Those sickened live in multiple Illinois counties of St. Clair, Madison, and Lake, and one ill person lives in Missouri. The press release does not state how many people have been sickened in this outbreak, or if anyone has been hospitalized. The cluster of patients all have a matching PFGE pattern of JJPX01.0381. There is also no mention of possible sources of the bacteria, or how the health department is investigating the outbreak. The county is asking that all local health departments should … [Read more...]

Salmonella Javiana Outbreak in Maricopa County AZ Sickens 50

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has released a PDF report on their investigation into a Salmonella Javiana outbreak that sickened at least 50 people in July and August, 2016. There are 40 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases. Thirty-three (66%) of the cases reported eating at Restaurant A, with exposure dates from July 16 to August 18, 2016. Forty other restaurants or fast food establishments were reportedly patronized by patients. Three had more than one person reporting eating there within the week before illness onset with two cases each. Findings from the investigation did not reveal a single source of contamination, but unfried shrimp was suspected as a possible vehicle for contamination based on a case control investigation. Environmental samples were taken. … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Producer of Wonderful Pistachios Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The FDA sent a warning letter on October 7, 2016 to the Wonderful Company, which produces Wonderful pistachios, about an inspection conducted in response to a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to the pistachios. This outbreak was investigated by the CDC and declared over in May 2016. The Wonderful Company facility was inspected from March 8 through April 7, 2016. The Salmonella outbreak was caused by two Salmonella species: nine people were sickened with Salmonella Montevideo, and two were sickened with Salmonella Senftenberg. The trackback and epidemiological evidence led the FDA to conclude that pistachio nuts produced by that firm were adulterated. They were "prepared, packed, and held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health," … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad Associated with WA Salmonella Outbreak

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert about a Salmonella outbreak that may be associated with a chicken salad product sold from Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Washington. Four people have been sickened with the same strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. The salad is "Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad," sold in varying weights. It was made August 26, 2016 through September 2, 2016. It was sold directly to consumers who shopped at the Costco Store #1190 in Lynwood, Washington. On September 26, 2016, the CDC notified FSIS of an investigation of Salmonella illnesses in the state of Washington. FSIS worked with the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health and determined that there is a "possible link" between rotisserie chicken … [Read more...]

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