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Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Utah 7-Eleven Store

An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Salt Lake City area could have affected an estimated 2,000 people, Salt Lake County health officials said. The Salt Lake County Health Department believes the hepatitis A outbreak stems from a wider outbreak of the disease sickening people since August. “The possible hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store,” county health officials said on Sunday. The current outbreak centers on the 7-Eleven store at 2666 West 7800 South in the city of West Jordan, just ... Read More

Romaine Lettuce A Possible Suspect in Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Health authorities in the U.S. and Canada are working to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened people in 13 states and several Canadian provinces. So far, romaine lettuce appears to be a possible culprit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain there. In the U.S., state and local public health officials are interviewing people sickened on this side of the border to determine whether there is a correlation to Canada’s ... Read More

Norovirus Outbreak Hits NC State During Finals Week

North Carolina State University instructors may be handing out a lot of make-up exams in the days ahead as an outbreak of norovirus is keeping dozens of students confined to their bathrooms or hooked up to IVs in local emergency rooms. Health officials say the norovirus outbreak started on Dec. 5 and continues to infect students. As of Thursday, Dec. 7, the virus was confirmed in about 60 students, most of whom live in the Alexander Hall dorm complex. However, students in living in other areas both on and off campus also have been sickened. The outbreak hit during final ... Read More

Study Finds E. Coli infections from Raw Flour Could Be Common

Uncooked flour likely causes more E. coli illnesses and outbreaks than health officials once presumed, according to a newly published study in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our data show that although it is a low-moisture food, raw flour can be a vehicle for foodborne pathogens,” the researchers said in the Nov. 23 report Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infections Associated with Flour. The researchers noted that certain behaviors in the kitchen such as licking a spoon used to stir cake batter or eating raw cookie dough have long been discouraged because of the risk of illnesses associated with the ... Read More

E. Coli Outbreak Sickens Hundreds of Marine Recruits

Hundreds of Marine recruits fell ill in an outbreak of E. coli at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and Edson Range at Camp Pendleton, California, including nine that have developed kidney failure. U.S. Marine Corps officials have not identified the source of the E. coli outbreak but said the matter is under investigation and announced several measures being implemented to prevent further illnesses. Seventeen of the Marines-in-training sickened in the E. coli outbreak have required hospitalization off base, including nine whose illness led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can cause strokes, seizures, ... Read More

U.S. Claims Seafood Producer A Threat to Public Health

Federal authorities are taking legal action against a Los Angeles smoked fish and seafood manufacturer in an effort to prevent adulterated and potentially harmfully foods from entering the market. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said it filed a civil action against Michel Cordon Bleu Inc. and its owner Michel G. Blanchet, a French-trained chef, who prepare, pack, store, and distribute vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat smoked fish and shellfish. The government’s action mainly centers on the company’s failure to conduct a required hazard analysis to detect the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum toxin formation in their vacuum-packed fish or fishery products. ... Read More

At Least 14 Dead in Michigan’s Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak

Michigan health authorities are continuing their investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak that has steadily spread across southeastern Michigan to sicken more than 300 people over the past year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the hepatitis A outbreak affects the city of Detroit as well as Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. According to the Michigan health department, there have been 319 cases of confirmed hepatitis A between Aug. 1, 2016, and Sept. 15, 2017. Fourteen of those patients died from the illness. Nearly 86 percent of all the patients with confirmed cases have been hospitalized, ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Likely Linked To Arkansas Restaurant

Arkansas health officials investigating an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses say epidemiological tests conducted so far point to a restaurant in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to be the likely source of the foodborne illness. As many as 30 people have been sickened by Salmonella infection possibly tied to the outbreak, but only four of those have been confirmed. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) said that it continues to collect biological specimens from patients reporting to hospitals with symptoms of Salmonella infection. The ADH said that its tests so far suggest that the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Stuttgart is the likely source of the ... Read More

Utah Woman Sues Costco For E. Coli Injuries

A Utah woman who contracted a severe and debilitating form of E. coli illness after eating chicken salad linked to a multistate outbreak is suing Costco, alleging it permanently ruined her health, quality of life, and acting aspirations. Chloe Rodgerson was just 18 years old when she became extremely sick after eating Costco chicken salad in October 2015. She started to vomit blood and her health deteriorated to the point where she was left fighting for her life in intensive care. No connection was made between her illness and the chicken salad immediately, so doctors were testing Ms. Rodgerson for ... Read More

Norovirus Linked To Ohio Donut Shop Sickens 230

More than 230 were sickened by an outbreak of Norovirus linked to a Maumee, Ohio donut shop. Health officials say the number of people affected continues to climb. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department said the Norovirus outbreak was traced to Mama C’s Donuts, a suburban Toledo restaurant that has been serving the community for years. “I was texted Sunday morning about 2 a.m. or so that there was something going on. Monday morning, we came in and started the investigation and found out that at this point in time the investigation is looking to Mama C’s out in Maumee relative ... Read More