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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

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

Investigators Link Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak To Disneyland

Health authorities suspect an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that sickened at least 15 people in Southern California is tied to two cooling towers at Disneyland in Anaheim, but how the illness infected some of the individuals remains a mystery. Orange County health agency spokeswoman Jessica Good told the Los Angeles Times that 11 of the 15 people with confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease visited Disneyland in September. Two of those sickened in the outbreak have died. Four of those infected did not visit Disneyland. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the naturally occurring Legionella bacteria, which exists in low concentrations in ... 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

Multistate Campylobacter Outbreak Linked To Petland Puppies

Federal and state health officials are investigating an outbreak of human Campylobacter infection linked to puppies sold at or through Petland, a pet store chain with retail locations in several states. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Petland Campylobacter outbreak has infected 39 people in seven states: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Those are only confirmed infections, and as outbreaks of pet-to-person illnesses go, many cases almost certainly go unreported. Of the confirmed infections, a dozen are employees of Petland stores in four states and 27 either purchased a puppy at ... Read More

San Diego Grapples With Major Hepatitis A Outbreak

Facing an epidemic of homelessness on its streets, the City of San Diego now has a new related problem: a rapidly growing outbreak of Hepatitis A. San Diego County health officials declared a public health emergency in the city as the rate of Hepatitis A infection continues to surge. So far the outbreak has sickened about 400 people and killed at least 15. These numbers are likely larger however because they only reflect the illnesses that have been reported and confirmed. The health officials painted a picture of a downtown San Diego that is akin to an undeveloped country. A ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Prompts Overhaul of Hawaii’s Food Safety Rules

The State of Hawaii has enacted new food safety rules a year after the state’s largest-ever outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to imported scallops infected about 300 and exposed hundreds more. As of Saturday, Sept. 7, the Hawaii Department of Health requires all “food establishments” to have at least one “person in charge” who possesses a food handlers education certificate present at all times the business is preparing and serving food. Food handler certification is offered in Hawaii both in traditional classes and online by a multitude of sources. The training and subsequent test typically cost $0-$15 and take less ... Read More