May 29, 2022

Employee at Luigi’s Restaurant in Roanoke, VA Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee at Luigi's restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That employee may have had limited involvement handling food before the food was cooked. Cooking food kills the virus that causes hepatitis A, so this situation does not meet the criteria of an exposure. But, "given the high level of sensitivity of hepatitis A in our community and out of an abundance of caution," the Roanoke City Health Department is offering the hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at Luigi's restaurant between the dates of April 26 through May 17, 2022. This is the same city where the Famous Anthony's hepatitis A outbreak occurred. That outbreak sickened and hospitalized dozens of patrons, and at least three people … [Read more...]

Possible Georges Mill Farm Goats E. coli Outbreak in Lovettsville, Virginia

A possible Georges Mill Farm goats E. coli outbreak is being reported by the Loudoun County Health Department in Virginia. Several people who came in contact with goats at that farm between March 6 and April 20, 2022 have experienced symptoms of an E. coli infection. The bacteria was identified by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. We don't know the age of the patients or if anyone has been hospitalized. The health department is communicating directly with anyone who is knownto have had contact with goats at that farm. If you are part of that group but have not been contacted, monitor your health for the symptoms of an E. coli infection and see your healthcare provider if you do get sick. Tell him or her about your possible exposure to those animals. You can … [Read more...]

Most Onion Salmonella Patients In TX, OK, MO, IL, VA, MD, FL, WI, MN

The fresh onion Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak has ended, but the investigation continues. Most onion Salmonella patients live in nine states: Texas (248), Oklahoma (129), Florida (75), Virginia (71), Maryland (66), Missouri (59), Illinois (54), Wisconsin (31), and Minnesota (27). Those patients make up 73% of the total cases. At least 1,040 Americans in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. were included in the official case count, which, according to epidemiologists and the outbreak multiplier, means that there could be more than 30,000 Americans sickened. At least 260 of 778 people interviewed were hospitalized, for a hospitalization rate of 33%, more than 50% higher than the typical rate for a Salmonella outbreak. The patient age range was from less than one year to … [Read more...]

Now 892 Sick in the Salmonella Onion Outbreak; 183 Hospitalized

There are now 892 sick in Salmonella onion outbreak that is linked to red, white, and yellow onions imported from Mexico as of November 12, 2021. One hundred eighty three people have been hospitalized. That is an increase of 84 new cases, one new state (Hawaii), and 26 new hospitalizations since the last update on October 29, 2021. The patient case count by state is: Alabama (5), Arkansas (17), California (14), Colorado (3), Connecticut (5), Florida (43), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Illinois (48), Indiana (1), Iowa (4), Kansas (17), Kentucky (9), Louisiana (8), Maryland (63), Massachusetts (13), Michigan (10), Minnesota (25), Mississippi (3), Missouri (51), Nebraska (9), New Jersey (5), New Mexico (11), New York (20), North Carolina (23), North Dakota (4), Ohio (8), Oklahoma (114), … [Read more...]

Three Hepatitis A Deaths Linked to Famous Anthony’s Outbreak

Three hepatitis A deaths are linked to the Famous Anthony's outbreak in Roanoke, Virginia, with at least 49 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations, according to news reports. Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts officials did not release any more information about these patients. The hepatitis A outbreak began in September 2021 after an infectious employee worked at these Famous Anthony's restaurant locations in Roanoke: 4913 Grandin Road, 6499 Williamson Road, and 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue. Case counts mounted quickly in the weeks following the outbreak announcement. Since it has been more than two weeks since the last date when anyone infected in late August would likely begin to experience symptoms, this outbreak should stop growing. The last date the employees worked was … [Read more...]

Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A Virginia Outbreak Sickens 50, 31 Hospitalized

The Famous Anthony's hepatitis A outbreak has now sickened 50 people and hospitalized 31 as of October 26, 2021, according to news reports. A sick employee worked at that restaurant in mid to late August 2021. The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts reported the increase in cases. This is an increase of 13 patients since the last update two weeks ago. It typically takes 15 to 50 days after exposure to start experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A. That means the last day an illness may begin would be around October 15, 2021. No new cases have been reported since that incubation period passed, but it can take a few weeks before a person goes to a doctor, is diagnosed, and that diagnosis is reported to public health officials. One of the cases is a secondary infection, which … [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...]

One Person Has Died in Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A Virginia Outbreak

One person has died in Famous Anthony's hepatitis A outbreak, as reported by several news outlets. That person had been hospitalized with complications from this infection. The patient allegedly had underlying medical conditions. No further information will be released about this person because of patient privacy and respect for the family. The outbreak began when an infectious employee worked at three Famous Anthony's restaurant locations in Roanoke, Virginia from August 10 to August 26, 2021. They are located at 4913 Grandin Road, 6499 Williamson Road, 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue. As of October 13, 2021, there were 37 people sick with the virus, and 26 of those patients were hospitalized because they were so ill. Hepatitis A can cause severe illness and death in some people, … [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...]

Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis Outbreak in Virginia Sickens 37

The Famous Anthony's hepatitis outbreak in Virginia has sickened 37 people as of the close of business on October 13, 2021, Christie Wills, Communications Officer of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts told Food Poisoning Bulletin. All of those cases are confirmed, and all are primary cases, meaning that they were sickened from the original infected person. Secondary cases would be people who got sick from someone who allegedly ate at the restaurant. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized, for a hospitalization rate of 70%, which is higher than typical for a hepatitis A outbreak. The patient age range is from 31 to 79 years, with an average age of 59 years. Fifty-four percent of the hospitalizations were male. The infectious employee worked at three Famous Anthony … [Read more...]

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