March 22, 2019

Outback Steakhouse Rivergate Employee in Nashville Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee at the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant Rivergate at 1560 Gallatin Pike North in Madison, Tennessee has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. That person worked at the restaurant while he had symptoms December 22 to December 24, 2018. The Metro Public Health Department announced this in a press release. Madison is near Nashville. A special clinic to offer free vaccinations will be open at the Lentz Public Health Center at 2500 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville to anyone who dined at that location on those dates. You have until January 7, 2019 to be vaccinated. The clinic hours will be January 3 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; January 8 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; January 5 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and January 7 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The vaccinations are only effective if given … [Read more...]

Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak Ends; Some May Sue

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that is linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms shell eggs has ended with 44 people sick in 11 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twelve people in this outbreak were hospitalized because their illnesses were so serious. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Colorado (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Montana (1), New York (1), Ohio (4), Tennessee (25), and Texas (1). The patient age range is from one year to 94. Of 378 people interviewed, 12 were hospitalized, for a rate of 32%. That's high for a Salmonella outbreak; the typical hospitalization rate for this illness is about 20%. Gravel Ridge Farms recalled their cage-free large eggs with use-by dates from July 25 through October 3, 2018. … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs Grows; Lawsuits May Be Filed

The Salmonella outbreak linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms eggs has grown to include 38 people sick in 7 states, according to the CDC. Ten people have been hospitalized. That's an increase of 24 more ill persons added to the outbreak total since the last update on September 10, 2018. The case count by state is: Alabama (7), Colorado (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (4), Ohio (4), Montana (1), and Tennessee (23). Illness onset dates range from June 17, 2018 to August 16, 2018. The patient age range is from one year to 94. Thirty-one percent of these people have been hospitalized, which is high for a Salmonella outbreak. The typical hospitalization rate is about 20%. Of the 29 people interviewed in this outbreak, 76% reported eating restaurant dishes made with eggs. The FDA and their … [Read more...]

Lawyer Asks Where Were Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Sold?

Food safety attorney Fred Pritzker wants to know where the cage free shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms that are linked to a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak were sold. "We know that most of those sickened ate the eggs at restaurants. But we don't know the names of those restaurants or where they were located," he said. The Alabama Department of Public Health states that a gastrointestinal outbreak occurred among people who attended a catered event on July 30, 2018. Two of those sickened have confirmed Salmonella Enteritidis infections. The press release from Alabama also states that "Individuals who consumed an undercooked food item made with eggs were almost four times more likely to become ill than those who did not consume the food." The press release also states, "Most of those … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs Sickens 14 in 2 States; Lawsuits May Be Filed

A Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to recalled Gravel Ridge Farms eggs (cage free) has sickened at least 14 people in two states. Two people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Twelve people are sick in Tennessee, and two people in Alabama are ill. The recall notice was posted on the FDA website today. The recalled product is cage-free large eggs in packages of a dozen and 2.5 dozen. The recalled eggs have "best if used by" dates of July 25, 21018 through October 3, 2018, although the notice states that consumers should "Return any Gravel Ridge Farms eggs to the store for a refund or throw them away, regardless of the “best if used by” date." The CDC notice tells consumers to then wash and sanitize drawers and shelves in your refrigerator where the eggs were … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Recalled Gravel Ridge Farms Eggs in AL, GA, TN

A Salmonella outbreak has been announced in a recall of Gravel Ridge Farms Cage Free Large Eggs by the FDA. The announcement did not state the number of people sickened, where they live, age ranges, or if anyone was hospitalized. The firm was notified by the FDA on September 6, 2018 that their eggs may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product is Gravel Ridge Farms Large Cage Free Eggs, in single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats. The UPC on the product is 7-06970-38444-6, and the use-by dates on the eggs are 7/25/18 though 10/3/18. The eggs were sold between 6/25/2018 and 9/6/6/2018. The eggs were sold mostly in restaurants and retail stores in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. In Atlanta, these stores carried the eggs: Candler Park Market, Grant Park Market, Westview Corner … [Read more...]

Employee at The Back Corner in Nashville, TN Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at The Back Corner, an entertainment venue at 1413 5th Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Nashville Public Health Department. The Metro Public Health Department (MPDH) is issuing a public notice and will offer free hepatitis A vaccinations to customers who visited that facility on June 28, 29, or 30, 2018. A vaccination is only good for 14 days after the day of exposure. That means that anyone who was at The Back Corner on June 28, 2018, will have to be vaccinated by tomorrow, July 12, 2018. The MPHD locations offering the shots are: Lentz Public Health Center at 2500 Charlotte Avenue 37209, East Health Center at 1015 East Trinity Lane 37206, and Woodbine Health Center at 224 Oriel Avenue 37210. The hours of … [Read more...]

Tennessee E. coli Outbreak That Sickened 15 Children Had Two Sources; Lawsuits Possible

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee that sickened fifteen children had two sources, according to the Knox County Health Department. Fifteen confirmed cases were reported to KCHD in the last several weeks in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Nine of those children were hospitalized because they were so sick in this Tennessee E. coli outbreak. Seven patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. Of the children who were hospitalized, one remains in fair condition at Tennessee Children's Hospital. Lab reports confirmed that two different strains of E. coli O157 bacteria caused these illnesses. KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said in a statement, "“While it is rare, it appears we had two sets of children sickened by two different strains … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Associated with Raw Milk and Farm Animals in TN Updated; Lawsuits May Be Filed

The E. coli O157 outbreak associated with raw milk and contact with farm animals in Tennessee has been updated by the Knox County Health Department. Public health officials are investigating any potential connections between these two likely sources, and it is possible that there are two unrelated E. coli clusters. At least ten children have been sickened in this outbreak. The health department is conducting extensive interviews with the families of the ill children. They are also contacting people who may be at risk to see if anyone in that household is ill, examining all potential sources; plotting symptom onset to aid in determining the first case in this outbreak, potential exposures and the type of outbreak; analyzing the statistical significance of the findings; and collecting … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak in Tennessee Updated by Knox County Health Department; Lawsuits May Be Filed

The E. coli O157 outbreak in Tennessee associated with raw milk and contact with farm animals has been updated by the Knox County Health Department. The media release states, "To date, more than 10 cases of E. coli O157 have been reported to KCHD all are among young children. No new E. coli cases were reported over the weekend. However the incubation period for E. coli is two to 10 days." At least four of those children have been hospitalized; all have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. The common link among most of the sick children in this E. coli O157 outbreak  is raw milk from French Broad Farm, a local cow-share dairy in Knox County. Public health officials are advising the public not to consume raw ilk or any other unpasteurized products they may have … [Read more...]

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