October 27, 2021

Walmart BH&G Aromatherapy Spray Recalled For Burkholderia

Four People Sickened - Two Have Died Walmart Better Homes & Gardens aromatherapy spray is being recalled for possible Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria contamination, which causes melioidosis, a potentially fatal infection, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Four people, from Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Georgia, were sickened and two have died, including a child, after being infected with that pathogen. Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray Suspected - Recalled The source of those infections has not been definitively confirmed by the CDC, but a bottle contaminated with Burkholderia pseudomallei,  the same type of bacteria that causes melioidosis, was found in the home of one of the patients who died of a melioidosis infection. Approximately … [Read more...]

Lavender Aromatherapy Spray Tests Positive For Burkholderia pseudomallei

Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Spray, Sold at Walmart, is Suspected in Four Illnesses, Resulting in Two Deaths Lavender aromatherapy spray has tested positive for deadly Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Testing found the pathogen in Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones. The spray was found on October 6, 2021 in the home of a Georgia resident who got sick with melioidosis in late July, 2021. That person died, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice. This is the same type of bacteria that sickened four people in the U.S. earlier this year. The patients lived in Georgia, Kansas, Texas, and Minnesota. Two of the … [Read more...]

Onions Are Linked to the Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak, 652 Sickened

The CDC says that onions are linked to the Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that has now sickened at least 652 people in 37 states, an increase of 60 more patients since the last update six days ago. Epidemiologic and traceback evidence has found that whole red, white, and yellow onions distributed by ProSource Inc. that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico are linked to this outbreak. The case count by state is: Alabama (3), Arkansas (12), California (9), Colorado (1), Connecticut (4), Florida (5), Georgia (2), Illinois (37), Indiana (1), Iowa (3), Kansas (14), Kentucky (9), Louisiana (5), Maryland (48), Massachusetts (12), Michigan (9), Minnesota (23), Mississippi (2), Missouri (21), Nebraska (8), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (8), New York (12), North Carolina (14), North Dakota (4), … [Read more...]

Now 592 Sick in the Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak, 116 Hospitalized

There are now 592 sick in the Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that government officials have not yet solved, according to the CDC. There have been clues, including officials finding the outbreak strain in a restaurant takeout condiment cup that contained cilantro, jalapeño peppers, onions, or limes, but nothing official has been reported. The patient case count by state is: Alabama (3), Arkansas (12), California (8), Colorado (1), Connecticut (4), Florida (5), Georgia (2), Illinois (34), Indiana (1), Iowa (3), Kansas (10), Kentucky(9), Louisiana (4), Maryland (45), Massachusetts (11), Michigan (9), Minnesota (22), Mississippi (2), Missouri (10), Nebraska (8), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (8), New York (5), North Carolina (11), North Dakota (4), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (92), Oregon (2), … [Read more...]

Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak Explodes to 419 Sick, 66 Hospitalized

The Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak explodes to 419 sick and 66 hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is an increase of 140 more cases since the last update on September 23, 20212. And it has spread to 35 states, six more states since the last update. No specific food has been identified, although cilantro, onions, and jalapeño peppers are suspected, and no recall has been issued. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), Arkansas (8), California (6), Connecticut (4), Florida (5), Georgia (2), Illinois (28), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Kansas (9), Kentucky(9), Louisiana (4), Maryland (22), Massachusetts (10), Michigan (6), Minnesota (20), Mississippi (2), Missouri (5), Nebraska (6), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (8), New York (3), North … [Read more...]

How Many Texans Are Ill in Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak? Jalapeños Possible

How many Texans are ill in the multistate Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak? And are jalapeños a possible source? While the CDC, with a current official overall case count of 279, says that 81 people who live in that state are sick, one news report says that allegedly, more than 500 Texans are ill in this outbreak, and 80 are hospitalized. UPDATE 9/30/21: The CDC says that 111 Texans are sick in this outbreak. According to News Channel 6, most of those patients live in north Texas, in the Waco area, and Colin County and Dallas County. There is no information on the Texas Department of State Health Services site, or on the Wichita County, Waco, Colin County, or Dallas County web sites about this outbreak. The article also mentions a new potential food source for the outbreak: … [Read more...]

Is Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak Connected to Onions or Limes?

The rapidly expanding Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak has not yet been definitively solved by the FDA or CDC, but there are clues in the latest investigation information. On Friday, September 24, 2021, the CDC said that they found the outbreak strain in a takeout condiment cup that contained cilantro, onion, and lime. Is the Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak connected to onions or lime? Information posted at the National Center for Biotechnology Information stated that cilantro has tested positive for Salmonella Oranienburg, but we don't know if the strain has been definitely established as the outbreak strain. That is probably why the CDC has not declared that this outbreak is linked to cilantro. So what about lime? The pH of this fruit can vary depending on growing conditions and … [Read more...]

Cilantro Condiment Cup Tests Positive For Salmonella Oranienburg

A cilantro condiment cup has tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg, according to the latest update on the mystery Salmonella outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the sample was then from a takeout condiment cup containing cilantro, lime, and onions. State and local officials have collected food items from one of the restaurants where sick people ate. But because multiple food items were ini the condiment cup and in the sample that was tested, it is "not possible" to know which food item was contaminated. Public health officials are using this information together with other information to help narrow the list of possible foods that may be linked to these illnesses. But in a dendrogram that was posted on the National … [Read more...]

Cilantro May Be the Source in Mystery Multistate Salmonella Outbreak

Cilantro may be the source in the mystery multistate Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak, according to a dendrogram on the National Center for Biotechnology Information site, part of the National Institutes of Health. According to that information, cilantro has tested positive for Salmonella Oranienburg, the bacteria that has caused this outbreak. Cilantro has been linked to many food poisoning outbreaks in the past. It is a herb that is commonly used in Tex-Mex cooking. And 43% of the cases in this outbreak are in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2015, cilantro was linked to a huge cyclospora outbreak that sickened at least 218 people in Texas and Wisconsin. And in 2014, another cyclospora outbreak was linked to fresh cilantro. The same thing happened in 2013. Going further back, in 2008, … [Read more...]

Mystery Salmonella Outbreak Expands to 279 Sick and 26 Hospitalized

The mystery Salmonella outbreak has suddenly expanded to 279 sick and 26 hospitalized in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's an increase of 152 new patients and eight new hospitalizations in just the last four days, with four more states added to the total. The pathogen is Salmonella Oranienburg. The government still does not know what food has caused this massive outbreak. And since Salmonella illnesses are very underreported, with a multiplier used by epidemiologists of 29, there could be more than 8,000 people sick in just this particular outbreak. The patient case count by state is: Arkansas (7), California (5), Connecticut (5), Florida (2), Illinois (28), Indiana (1), Iowa (1), Kansas (6), Maryland (9), Massachusetts (10), … [Read more...]

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