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Seattle & King County Public Health announced that they are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (also known as STEC) associated with diarrhea and abdominal pain at Torero's Mexican Restaurant located at 920 N 10th St, Renton, WA 98057.

Since September 5, 2022, 3 people... See More from 3 separate meal parties reported becoming ill after eating food from this place on September 3, 2022 and September 7, 2022. They have not identified any ill employees. No hospitalizations or death are reported at this time. Public Health has not identified how STEC was spread within the restaurant. This is not uncommon for STEC outbreaks, because the bacteria can spread through contaminated food items, environmental surfaces, and from person to person. The investigation is ongoing.

In case you are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as watery diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting; stomach cramps; and mild fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: kingcounty.gov
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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced that clusters and outbreaks of hepatitis A virus (HAV) genotype IB with four unique but closely related HAV sequences have been reported in six European Union (EU) countries and in the United Kingdom (UK).

As of 29 September... See More 2022, 303 cases with identical or closely related HAV strains have been identified in Austria (7), Germany (8), Hungary (161), the Netherlands (8), Slovenia (35), Sweden (8), and the UK (76). Currently, available epidemiological and microbiological data suggest that human-to-human transmission has occurred, and possibly also transmission through contaminated food.

On 15 February 2022, Hungary reported an outbreak of HAV genotype IB with the disease onset of the first case in early December 2021. To date, 161 cases (139 males, 22 females) have been confirmed with this strain in the National Hepatitis Reference Laboratory in Hungary. The weekly number of reported hepatitis A cases have been declining since June 2022. In July 2022, a foodborne outbreak was suspected with a link to a restaurant in Hungary, where 16 people fell ill with HAV IB infection. Some of the patients reported consuming cold soup made with frozen berries.

In the UK, no clear source of infection has been identified, but epidemiological investigations so far indicate possible foodborne infections in addition to person-to-person transmission.

Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have reported a total of 9 cases infected with strains matching the sequences of the UK strain. Investigations of these cases didn’t find any clear risk factors for infection such as a travel history or consumption of berries. Further investigations are ongoing.

If you are experiencing Hepatitis A symptoms like fever, jaundice, nausea, clay-colored stool, dark urine, malaise, abdominal discomfort, or vomiting, it is important to report it. It can help to detect and resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: ecdc.europa.eu
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The CDC, along with FDA and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Brie and Camembert soft cheese products manufactured by Old Europe Cheese, Inc.

As of September 28, 2022, six people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria... See More monocytogenes have been reported from six states (CA, GA, MA, MI, NJ, TX), five people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Sick people’s samples were collected from August 6, 2017, to August 5, 2022. The investigation is ongoing.

On September 30, 2022, Old Europe Cheese, Inc. recalled its brie and camembert cheese. The company has also temporarily stopped producing these cheeses. The recalled products are Brie and camembert cheese made by Old Europe Cheese, Inc, sold under multiple brand names:

Black Bear
Block & Barrel
Charmant
Cobblestone
Culinary Tour
Fredericks
Fresh Thyme
Glenview Farms
Good & Gather
Heinen’s
Joan of Arc
La Bonne Vie
Lidl
Life in Provence
Market 32
Matrie’d
Metropolitan
Prestige
Primo Taglio
Red Apple Cheese
Reny Picot
St. Randeaux
St. Rocco
Taste of Inspiration
Trader Joe

And sold at stores nationwide in the US and Mexico:

Albertsons
Safeway
Meijer
Harding’s
Shaw’s
Price Chopper
Market Basket
Raley’s
Save Mart
Giant Foods
Stop & Shop
Fresh Thyme
Lidl
Sprouts
Athenian Foods
Whole Foods

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities. See the recall notice for a full list of product names, UPC codes, and stores.

In case you are experiencing Listeria monocytogenes symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: cdc.gov
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The FDA is currently investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield. As of September 28, 2022, a total of 28 people infected with Salmonella Litchfield have been reported. No specific product has been linked to this investigation as of today. This investigation is ongoing.

Most people infected with... See More Salmonella will begin to develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness, salmonellosis, usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.

Some FDA recommendations to prevent foodborne Illness at home:
- Clean, wash hands and surfaces often.
- Separate raw meats from other foods.
- Cook to the right temperature.
- Chill, refrigerate foods promptly.

In case you are experiencing Salmonella symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: fda.gov
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The CDC has issued a traveler alert due to a Strain of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Newport in Mexico. They report some travelers who have spent time in Mexico have been infected with multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella Newport. Many travelers with MDR Salmonella Newport infections reported eating beef, cheese (including... See More queso fresco and Oaxaca), beef jerky, or dried beef (carne seca) before they got sick. This MDR Salmonella has developed the ability to defeat drugs designed to kill them. Infections with MDR Salmonella can be difficult to treat.

CDC advises people who plan to travel to Mexico to follow these recommendations to prevent Salmonella infection:
- Follow safe eating, drinking, cooking, and food handling habits to help reduce your chance of getting sick while traveling.
- Be aware that beef jerky and other dried beef products can cause illness if not prepared safely. If you don’t know whether beef jerky was prepared safely, consider not eating it.
- Handle and cook beef safely when preparing it at home.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, before and after touching food, and after using the toilet.

DO NOT:
- Eat beef that may be raw or undercooked.
- Eat soft cheese that might be made from raw or unpasteurized milk.
- Eat food prepared by someone who is sick or has recently been sick.
- Prepare food for others while you are sick.

In case you are experiencing Salmonella symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: wwwnc.cdc.gov
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The McHenry County Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness linked to D.C. Cobb’s located at 1204 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL. They have received complaints from 13 people who became ill after eating at the establishment. MCDH is continuing its investigation into... See More the source and type of outbreak at this time.

MCDH advises those who ate at the food establishment from Aug. 29 through Sept. 13 to complete a survey to assist MCDH in collecting data to help determine the cause of this illness.

In case you are experiencing food poisoning symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: mchenrycountyil.gov
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New Zealand Food Safety has issued a warning to consumers, especially those with chronic liver damage, the elderly and pregnant people to consider extra precautions if eating frozen berries to minimize the risk of Hepatitis A.

They have recently become aware of 3 cases of Hepatitis A,... See More all of whom regularly consume imported frozen berries and are linked through virus genotyping. Also mentioned while there is not sufficient information on a specific brand to initiate a targeted product recall, the evidence from the cases and from international experience, indicates a risk of exposure to Hepatitis A from consuming imported frozen berries.

New Zealand Food Safety is advising people to be aware of the risks and if eating frozen berries to take the following precautions during pregnancy, if they are elderly or with chronic liver damage:
- Briefly boil frozen berries before eating them, or
- Ensure cooking temperatures exceed 85 degrees Celsius for 1 minute.
- Wash your hands before eating and preparing food.

If you are experiencing Hepatitis A symptoms like fever, jaundice, nausea, clay-colored stool, dark urine, malaise, abdominal discomfort, or vomiting, it is important to report it. It can help to detect and resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: mpi.govt.nz
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CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the USDA-FSIS are investigating a multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef in HelloFresh meal kits. As of September 12, 2022, seven people have been reported from 6 states (MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA and... See More WA). Six people have been hospitalized and none have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that can cause kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 8, 2022, to August 17, 2022

The meal kits, which may include contaminated ground beef, were shipped to consumers from July 2 to July 21, 2022. It was packed in 10-oz. plastic vacuum-packed packages inside a variety of HelloFresh meal kits. The beef was labeled “GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN/15% FAT". Packages have “EST.46841” inside the USDA inspection mark and “EST#46841 L1 22 155” or “EST#46841 L5 22 155” on the side of the packaging.

CDC is advising people to check their freezer if they froze any of the ground beef in HelloFresh meal kits matching the description above. If you have it in your home please do not eat it, and throw it away.

In case you are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as watery diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting; stomach cramps; and mild fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: cdc.gov
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The FDA is currently investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. As of September 14, 2022, a total of 6 people infected with Listeria monocytogenes have been reported. No specific product has been linked to this investigation as of today. This investigation is ongoing.

According to CDC, Listeriosis... See More is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, and Listeria outbreaks are often linked to dairy products and produce. This illness is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.

Some CDC recommendations to prevent Listeriosis:

- Do not eat raw or lightly cooked sprouts of any kind (including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts).
- Don’t let juice from hot dog and lunch meat packages get on other foods, utensils, and food preparation surfaces. For people at higher risk avoid eating hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts, other deli meats, or fermented or dry sausages unless they are heated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot just before serving. Wash hands after handling hot dogs, lunch meats, and deli meats
- Only consume pasteurized milk and milk products, including soft cheese, ice cream, and yogurt. Look for the word “pasteurized” on the label. If in doubt, don’t buy it!
- Eat cut melon right away or refrigerate it. Throw away cut melons left at room temperature for more than 4 hours.

In case you are experiencing listeria monocytogenes symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

Source: fda.gov
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SDSU’s Environmental Health and Safety team is working closely with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency to investigate an E. coli (STEC) outbreak at San Diego State University. On Sept. 6, Student Health Services notified the SDSU community of 2 cases of Shiga... See More Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) in the student community in 1 residential and 1 non-residential student. These students began experiencing symptoms on Aug. 27 and 29, respectively. At this time, a specific food source has not been identified for either of these cases.

In case you are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as watery diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting; stomach cramps; and mild fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance. If symptoms persist, seek medical care.

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