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Romaine Growers To Implement New Labeling in Wake of Outbreak

The latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce has prompted U.S. officials to announce new measures growers have agreed to take that will make future recalls more targeted and efficient. Two days before Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised the public to avoid the consumption of all romaine lettuce and other products containing romaine lettuce, despite the source. The sweeping recall was necessary, health officials said, because at the time they lacked the information to accurately trace infections back to a specific source. Since the CDC’s original announcement, the outbreak has ... Read More

Avoid All Romaine Lettuce, CDC Says As E. Coli Outbreak Widens

U.S. health officials are warning people to steer clear of romaine lettuce, which they say has caused an ongoing outbreak of E. coli responsible for 32 confirmed illnesses across the country, including 13 hospitalizations, and an additional 18 people in Canada. Although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials have traced the illnesses to romaine lettuce, they have not yet identified the exact source of the E. coli contamination. “It’s still early in this investigation and work remains to pinpoint the source of contamination that contributed to this outbreak,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

One Death Reported in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey

An ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey has been blamed for one death and 164 confirmed illnesses in 35 states, federal health officials reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the death in a Nov. 8 announcement that also said 63 of the patients with confirmed salmonellosis linked to turkey have been hospitalized. The CDC and state health officials continue to investigate the widespread salmonella outbreak but say it is not linked to a single source. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with the ... Read More

Adenovirus Outbreak At New Jersey Pediatric Center Claims Seven Children

Seven children sickened by a strain of adenovirus associated with communal living facilities have died in a New Jersey nursing and rehabilitation center, state officials announced. The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that at least 18 people, including the seven children who perished, have been sickened in the adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell. The Wanaque Center includes a pediatrics unit staffed by medical professionals, teachers, and administrators serving the needs of “medically fragile” children. The seven confirmed child deaths were associated with that part of the facility. The Department of Health says ... Read More

Emirates Flight Quarantined On JFK Runway After Passengers Fall Ill

U.S. health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illness aboard an Emirates flight that sickened some 100 passengers, forcing the plane and its passengers to be put under quarantine for several hours at JFK Airport. According to NBC New York, 106 of the 521 people aboard Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai to New York City reported feeling sick. Symptoms reported by passengers and crew members included headache, fever, sore throat, coughing and vomiting. CBS New York reported Wednesday that government officials believed the illnesses were connected to in-flight meals served on the Emirates flight. Later reports, however, indicate that the ... Read More

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Melons Grows

A melon recall triggered by a multistate outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has been expanded to include 10 additional states, bringing the total number of states affected by the outbreak to 23, according to federal health officials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the recall encompasses pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit salads containing one or more of those melons produced and distributed by Caito Foods of Indianapolis, Indiana. Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee have been added to the list of states where the melon may be contaminated with salmonella, the ... Read More

Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak The Worst in U.S. History

The largest outbreak of Hepatitis A in U.S. history is also the deadliest. A hepatitis A outbreak centered in Southeastern Michigan has prompted federal and state health officials to urge people across Michigan to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which can lead to severe health complications, liver failure, and in some cases death. The outbreak started in August 2016 and as of May 23 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recorded 837 cases of hepatitis A infection, including 671 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious virus that targets the ... Read More

Hotel Pools and Hot Tubs Cause A Third of Swimming-Related Illness

Swimming pools are a major source of injury and death for children in the U.S., but they are also responsible for many outbreaks of waterborne disease, government health officials warn. One-third of all recreational waterborne disease outbreaks from 2000 through 2014 occurred in hotel pools and hot tubs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says in a new report. The pathogens Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella were responsible for the largest number of outbreaks in swimming pools throughout the U.S. during the 14-year time period analyzed, according to the CDC report. The Crypto parasite is tough enough to ... 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

Measles Exposures Possible at Two Major U.S. airports, Health Officials Warn

Public health officials are warning air passengers and others who passed through two major U.S. airports of a potential exposure to measles due to infected international travelers. Airport authorities at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport have reported passengers that may have spread the measles virus to other people in the airport. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), anyone who visited O’Hare on the morning or afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10 and who has not had a measles vaccination may need to be tested after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly ... Read More