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Pediatric Opioid Deaths Tripled Over Last Two Decades

When it comes to the lives of children, prescription opioids have a lot in common with loaded guns. Both opioids and guns in the home pose a serious risk of injury and death to children and teens, and both are responsible for hundreds of accidental deaths every year. But unlike weapons, prescription opioid drugs in the home are a relatively new threat, and a new Yale analysis of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows how big the problem has grown. The study’s authors, from the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, found that opioid overdose ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak From Raw Chicken Sickens Dozens in 29 states

A multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people in more than two dozen states is linked to raw chicken products from a variety of sources, federal health officials say. The outbreak of Salmonella infections has affected people in 29 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Twenty-one of the 92 people sickened by the foodborne illness have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. “A single, common supplier ... Read More

Congresswoman Slams CDC Over ‘Slow’ Response To E. Coli Outbreak

U.S Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) slammed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its “stunning lack of guidance” and “slow and insufficient response” to a deadly outbreak of E. coli that Canadian health authorities linked to contaminated romaine lettuce. Rep. DeLauro, who often champions food safety issues, sent her harsh rebuke to CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, criticizing the agency’s lack of initiative in informing Americans about the E. coli outbreak. In the letter, Rep. DeLauro suggests the CDC’s delay could have cost U.S. consumers their life. “CDC’s stunning lack of guidance to consumers regarding this outbreak is ... Read More

Recognizing Sepsis Is The Key To Treating It

Sepsis is a leading cause of death in the U.S. but most people know nothing about it. U.S. health officials, however, hope to change that with the creation of a new initiative called Get Ahead of Sepsis – a program that teaches Americans what sepsis is and how it can be detected and treated. Sepsis occurs in people of all ages when the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection, triggering inflammation throughout the body. This extreme response and subsequent inflammation can cause a multitude of changes that can damage vital organs. If sepsis isn’t treated on ... Read More

Walrus Meat Source of Two Trichinellosis Outbreaks

Trichinellosis or trichinosis is often associated with consuming undercooked pork, but a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that two outbreaks of the infection in Alaska over the last 12 months was tied to walrus meat. The report explains that the outbreaks demonstrate how more trichinosis cases in the U.S. have been linked to non-porcine (pig family) wild game species since the late 1990s. The two outbreaks occurred in August 2016 and May 2017 and each included five confirmed cases. Although undercooked walrus meat has been the cause of most trichinosis cases in Alaska since 1975, ... Read More

Utah E. coli Outbreak Source Remains Unknown

Two children who contracted E. coli infection and died as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication from the infection that damages the kidneys, was the beginning of an E. coli outbreak. CBS News reported that the children died during the long Fourth of July holiday and, since that time, Nevada Public Radio KNPR says that nine additional cases have been confirmed in the towns along the Utah-Arizona border. Utah Public Health Department confirms the Hildale, Utah, water supply shows no signs of E. coli, but the health officials continue investigating the cases to identify the source of ... Read More

CDC: placenta pills may endanger newborns

Although TODAY reports that a number of celebrities claim they experienced benefits after consuming their placenta, human placentophagia, following the birth of their children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns the trendy practice can threaten the lives of newborn babies. The warning comes in a new CDC report released June 30, which documents a case that occurred in Oregon last September. The Oregon Health Authority was notified when an infant was diagnosed with a recurrence of group B Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS) bacteremia five days after successfully completing treatment for the infection. The initial infection left the infant ... Read More

Foodborne Botulism on the Rise, CDC Says

In April, it made its way into the nacho cheese at one Sacramento, California, gas station, killing one and sickening nine other consumers, Righting Injustice reports. North Korean officials, according to USA Today, claim it is what ailed Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-state acts, before he was transferred back to the U.S. in June, where he became comatose and died days later. It is botulism, or the toxin produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of foodborne botulism ... Read More

Egg farm cited for salmonella prevention violations

A warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Texas-based Mahard Egg Farm Inc. about serious violations of federal regulations intended to prevent Salmonella contamination in egg production was just made public. The violations were observed at the company’s Sulfur, Oklahoma, facility last October when company representatives were initially warned. The letter acknowledges an email response from the company, but deemed the response insufficient in addressing the agency’s concerns. Food Safety News summed up the violations as “related to fly control, rodents, evidence of wild birds and animals in poultry houses, sheep too near poultry houses and improper ... Read More